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Language reconstruction question

From:Ian Maxwell <umlaut@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 30, 2002, 2:56

So, I was just randomly wondering: How possible is it to reconstruct an
ancestor language based on only one descendant? I was under the
impression that reconstruction was basically done by comparing the
grammars of various descendants. If it's not possible, theoretically
there could be older versions of the reconstructed proto-languages that
we don't (and can't) know about, ne?

- Ian Maxwell
C'est la vie, c'est la guerre, c'est la pomme de terre.

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