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Re: Neanderthal and PIE

From:ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>
Date:Monday, October 13, 2008, 3:05
Chris Peters wrote:

>On a related note, all of my conlang projects have proceeded from a sort of >background assumption that the language is spoken by a people on one of >Ursula LeGuin's Hainish planets. For those unfamiliar, her Hainish >universe has Earth, and a number of other planets in the local area of the >galaxy, colonized by a founding race called the Hainish. LeGuin even >coined the word "Ekumen", which seems to mean something like "diaspora": >the human (Hainish) diaspora around the galaxy. >
Ha! That's also the underlying premise of Planet Cindu, with its Kash and Gwr people. Whoever the aliens were who contacted them a few hundred years ago, the Hainish were among them :-))) I don't use "Ekumen", but "Galactic Union/Unity". The Kash believe, though there is VERY fragmentary evidence, that intelligent life was "seeded" on Cindu, along with some genetic tinkering, perhaps a million years ago, possibly by renegade or mad scientists from Hain or who knows where. The present day Hainish deny any knowledge of such an enterprise........