[b-hebrew] Language, Culture or Both? was Nostratic

Peter Kirk peter at qaya.org
Thu Apr 19 17:54:25 EDT 2007


On 19/04/2007 17:11, Yitzhak Sapir wrote:
> On 4/19/07, Peter Kirk wrote:
>
>   
>> For more on Birale or Ongota, see
>> http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=bxe. The population in
>> 2000 was reported as 19. The language is listed at
>> http://www.ethnologue.com/show_family.asp?subid=89997 as an unclassified
>> branch of Afro-Asiatic, alongside Berber, Chadic, Cushitic, Egyptian,
>> Omotic and Semitic.
>>     
>
> Be careful of the classifications on ethnologue though:
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ANE-2/message/4788
> http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ANE-2/message/4786
>
>   
Fair enough, but these reservations apply only to dead languages, not to 
(just) living ones like Birale/Ongota. You can read the 2001 survey 
report on Birale at http://www.sil.org/silesr/2002/SILESR2002-066.pdf, 
including a 320 item word list collected in 1994. But no reference is 
given for the linguistic classification.

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Peter Kirk
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