Ancient Relations Between Language Families Revealed

“Using this technique we find for instance probable connections between the languages of the Americas and those of NE Eurasia, presumably dating back to the peopling of the Americas 12,000 years or more ago,” said co-author Dr Stephen Levinson of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. “We also find likely connections between most of the Eurasian language families, presumably pre-dating the split off of Indo-European around 9000 years ago.”

via Linguists Reveal Ancient Relations Between Language Families | Linguistics |

This is cool.

Don’t go jumping into the idea of a single ancestor, but the language families (note, families) are interesting…

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One Reply to “Ancient Relations Between Language Families Revealed”

  1. My degree was in comparative linguistics (now called Historical) with my specialties being in Athabascam Macro-Ge and Nilotic. I mostly worked off of used Greenberg’s model.
    American Indian languages in fact are my passion, and I was able to find Northward migration patterns as opposed to Southward from the Bering Strait.(Well, both North and South migrations. There were two primary migrations that converged around the Rio Grande, with much of the Southern Tier having many similarities to African and Middle Eastern langs) Levinson agrees with me that languages get SIMPLER over time and not more complex as the Theory of Evolution states. Compare Modern Greek w/ Ancient Greek. Ancient Hebrew with Modern Hebrew. The same can even be said for Lutheran German and Modern German, Victorian English and Modern English. (German is notorious for dropping the the horror of traditionalists)

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