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Darwin-L Message Log 4:72 (December 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<4:72>From V187EF4Y@ubvms.cc.buffalo.edu  Fri Dec 17 18:44:31 1993

Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1993 19:50:39 -0500 (EST)
From: V187EF4Y@ubvms.cc.buffalo.edu
Subject: Re: DARWIN-L digest 95
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Organization: University at Buffalo

One problem I had with Renfrew's article was that he assumed that any seeming
language isolate was a remnant of the original spread of humanity, in spite of
what his favored lumpers argue.  As an example, take Basque and the Caucasians.
The Russian linguists he cites group these (and an understrata of the IE
languages) into a macro family.  However, since this would be his Anotolian
farmers (most likely), and are identified by Gimbratus (?) as the Old
Europeans, he chooses to ignore it.  He just classifies them as having stayed
put for the past few dozen thousand years.

My own preference is to do history from the present back, waiting to figure
out the grand scheme of thing until we have a reasonably clear idea of what
happened.

-Pat Crowe, SUNY at Buffalo

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