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Re: Help! (Dragons)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Sunday, September 4, 2005, 17:02

James Comer wrote:

> Hey all, > > I am conlanging on Urasti, and also on the Yorash dialect, for a possible > upcoming novel. Here is my question. > > [...] > > How useful is glottochronology as a tool?
Glottochronology is nowadays rejected by most historical linguists, as it is based on assumptions (lexical replacement rate is constant over time and the same for all languages) that have turned out to be false.
> I read Latin, Greek, French, > Spanish, German, and know some Esperanto, etc. Any useful books for a > non-linguist? (History prof, actually, at a little college in the Mojave). > Thanks everyone!
The best historical linguistics textbook I have read so far is _Historical Linguistics_ by Lyle Campbell. Greetings, Jörg.