11 October 2005

Nostratic

The news is ten years old, but it is new to me.

Linguists have strongly suggestive, albeit controversial and not definitive, proof of the existence and character of the linguistic predecessor to both the proto-Indo-European language widely believed among linguists to be the root of most of the languages of Europe and India, and a number of other language families that include languages as diverse as Finnish, Estonian, Mongolian, and perhaps even Arabic and Hebrew. The name in the linguistics trade for this proto-language dating back about 12,000 years is Nostratic. Wikipedia discusses this part of the linguistics debate here. One of the most recent wide ranging publications on the topic is here.

1 comment:

blogicus said...

Man I love your blog because of stuff like this.