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Re: Neanderthal and PIE

From:Michael Poxon <mike@...>
Date:Sunday, October 12, 2008, 20:03
Possibly silly way out of this (almost equally silly!) mess? Make what we
call Neanderthals a stranded group of aliens - hence the anthropological
discontinuity as well - who live an awfully long time and breed only after a
long time as well, so language change is much slower and more gradual. At
the same time it would be an opportunity for a SF scenario, quite popular I
understand. that posits we ourselves are alien offspring!

> No dice. No explanation is given for the ridiculous lag in linguistic > change that > would be necessary for a language spoken by a predominantly Neanderthal > society to have a demonstrable relationship to PIE.


Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>