[b-hebrew] b-hebrew Digest, Vol 122, Issue 19

Nir cohen - Prof. Mat. nir at ccet.ufrn.br
Mon Feb 25 08:36:29 EST 2013


bryant,

if i understand correctly, their point of view is evolution and the date they
cite (7000 years ago? i would say, earlier) refers not to the origin of
language but the common origin of the polynesian languages only.   

i guess the choice of polynesian may be for their relative isolation which
meant they did not mix with other language groups. though some of the islands
have maintained mutual contact. the situation in africa is different due to
the coexistence of several language families.

polynesian, and other family groups, such as indo-european, have already 
been studied from this point of view, "proving" a common origin for several
family groups. but the computer continues to surprise us and provide new and
more powerful possibilities for cross-linguistic analysis by working with
ever lower probability ranges.

nir cohen

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