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No Proto-Boreanesian Vowel Theory (was: Re: [Re: [Re: Roll YourOwn IE language]]

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, April 8, 1999, 22:15
Kristian Jensen wrote:
> if a no-vowel theory in both Proto-B and PIE is true, then it > would make both proto-languages quite unusual for natlangs. I can't > help but wonder if all this is just a desperate attempt by both me > and Indo-Europeanists to make our respective Proto-langs more > phonologically regular in certain aspects but at the same time > bringing about unintentionally some bizarreness in other aspects.
Mayhap. I think that some of the phonological irregularity may come from PIE not splitting "cleanly", that is, PIE divided up into a number of dialects which probably remained in contact for some time, borrowing from one another and mutually influencing each other, possibly in contact as well with other languages, perhaps a bit of contact with proto-Uralic, proto-Afro-Asiatic, etc., which could explain the similarities between them without genetic relationship. -- "It's bad manners to talk about ropes in the house of a man whose father was hanged." - Irish proverb ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-name: NikTailor