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.
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.