Re: [tied] Re: Europeans descend from Basques...
- The Ethnologue at SIL (http://www.ethnologue.com/family_index.asp) shows about 160 familes and 30 isolates. (Basque is considered a family of three languages, one Spanish and two French -- but Korean is listed as a Language Isolate.) But yes, about six families dominate the globe: IE, Afro-Asiatic, Niger-Congo, Altaic, Sino-Tibetan, Austronesian.SIL lists 6,809 living language, but 407 are considered "nearly extinct".Just some useless trivia.~Danny~----- Original Message -----From: jdcroftSent: Monday, June 10, 2002 2:38 AMSubject: [tied] Re: Europeans descend from Basques...1. The number of languages spoken today largely belong to one of a
dozen or so different major language families (with about as many
isolates thrown in for good measure). This is only a very small
number of the 10,000 or so langauges that existed 10,000 years ago.
- Thanks, Peter. I'd be curious about details--in what way is the relation
>From: "P&G" <petegray@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: Re: [tied] Re: Europeans descend from Basques
>Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2002 07:49:37 +0100
> > > Stupid question: was Etruscan related to IE, and if so how?
> > Plausible but unproven.
>(a) My German friends often say to me, there are no stupid questions, only
>stupid answers. I think it's a phrase they must learn at school.
>(b) In addition to the answers already given, it's worth noting that
>Etruscan is related - if at all - not so much to IE as to PIE. It is not
>an IE language, since it does not share the common birth of all IE
>in PIE. At best it would be a sister language to PIE.
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