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_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 > interesting.
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. Greetings, Jörg. ______________________________________________________________________________ "Ein Herz für Kinder" - Ihre Spende hilft! Aktion: Unser Dankeschön: Ihr Name auf dem Segel der 1. deutschen America's Cup-Yacht!