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CHAT: Language classification: Re: Tepa & CHAT: Re: minimum phonemes, was Re: vrindo

From:Boudewijn Rempt <bsarempt@...>
Date:Sunday, July 18, 1999, 23:13
On Fri, 16 Jul 1999, Matt Pearson wrote:

> > With regard to your final comment: > What do you think of Merritt Ruhlen's (sp?) recent book on language > classification? I've only just skimmed it myself, but it seems to > be quite sensible - neither too conservative nor too outlandish. > Any thoughts? > > Matt. >
Dear Matt, I appear to be rather out of the field nowadays, and I haven't heard of this book you mention - could you give me the full title and publisher? It's a topic I'm getting interested in rather deeply, myself, ever since having heard George van Driem pronounce Chinese to be a Tibeto-Burman language. Since then I've always had the feeling that linguistic taxonomics was in need of a thorough shake-up (or is that a shake-down?). Boudewijn Rempt |