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Re: Neanderthal and PIE

From:Ollock Ackeop <ollock@...>
Date:Sunday, October 12, 2008, 18:17
On Sat, 11 Oct 2008 21:20:14 +0200, Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>

>Here is a better alternative: The Neanderthals didn't die out after >all, but mixed with the Crô Magnons, at least to some extent, and >brought some traditions and genetic material with them that >influenced the culture in the region that later came to develop IE. > >LEF
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. Even if you made Neanderthals survive up to the time of the Indo-Europeans, their language would still have changed beyond recognition. So you'd have your Neanderthal - PIE, but you wouldn't be able to say it was related to anything that the Neanderthals would have spoken in the real world.


Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Falcata Lusa <falcata.lusa@...>