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

From:Matt Pearson <mpearson@...>
Date:Friday, July 16, 1999, 16:34
And Rosta quoth:

>There is a reputable but neglected Sino-Austronesian hypothesis, >according to which Chinese is Austronesian. I forget now whether >the Tibetan half of Sino Tibetan also goes in with Austronesian. >The problem with all such proposals like these is that they tend >to be published in obscure and inaccessible places, with available >books on classification either defeastistically conservative or >based on imagination rather than scholarship.
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. ------------------------------------ Matt Pearson UCLA Linguistics Department 405 Hilgard Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90095-1543 ------------------------------------