_Language relations across Bering Strait_
|From:||Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, November 30, 2006, 13:04|
On Tue, 28 Nov 2006 23:33:07 -0600, Eric Christopherson wrote:
> I knew of Nostratic, but didn't realize the theory was usable enough
> to actually reconstruct roots for. That Wikipedia page was pretty
Well, the reconstructions are adventurous and they don't agree with
each other. This matter fails to convince me.
> [Fortescue's book]
> On the plus side, although I'm not completely convinced, I think the
> main thesis (that the Uralic, Yukagir, Chukotko-Kamchatkan, and
> Eskimo-Aleut families are distantly related in some meaningful way)
> is plausible.
Yes. Fortescue's evidence looks quite nice, though it is far from
rock solid. However, I am not an expert on any of the languages
discussed, and thus cannot really evaluate whether his interpretation
of the facts makes sense or not.
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