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Re: Proto-Uralic?

From:Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 1, 2003, 8:59
Quoting Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>:

> Moving further back in time (and further out on a limb ;-) ) > could there have been Human-Neanderthal creoles which have left > traces in today's langs? Any way to know? (What an interesting > idea for a conculture! )
I can't see how a such hypothesis could possibly proved, unless one can show that some feature(s) found in modern languages couldn't be invented by H sapiens sapiens. Since the feature(s) necessarily must be able to be transmitted by H sapiens sapiens, that seems very unlikely. To my knowledge, there is as yet very little evidence of direct contacts between the two (sub-)species. It has been suggested that some physiological traits - reddish hair and freckles, inter alia - that are mostly found in former Neanderthal territory are due to sapiens-neanderthaliensis interbreeding, but this is a mere guess - I'm not aware of any evidence beyond the geographical. And as regards language, it's not even known what capacities the Neanderthals had for this. Andreas