Darwin-L Message Log 5:21 (January 1994)

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<5:21>From WILLS@macc.wisc.edu  Wed Jan  5 16:40:19 1994

Date: Wed, 05 Jan 94 16:40 CDT
From: Jeffrey Wills <WILLS@macc.wisc.edu>
Subject: What a non-Renfrew account might consider
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

My archaeological colleague (a Cambridge man who remembers when Colin Renfrew
started going to the library each day to learn about Indo-European) John Bennet
replies to Victor Golla's inquiry:

>>Let me put it to the non-linguist readers of DARWIN-L:  what would attract
>>YOUR attention in an article on historical linguistics?  What would you most
>>like to hear from us?
>>--Victor Golla
>>  Humboldt State University
>>  Arcata, California
>>  gollav@axe.humboldt.edu

>In response to the last paragraph of the stuff you forwarded to me, I would
>like to see a systematic rival account of why Renfrew's reconstruction will
>not work in terms of (1) the likely social groups involved in the pre-state
>age and (2) the timeframe involved.  I'm more interested in trying to nail
>down the I-E aspect as a first step, since it must be better documented
>than other language families.  You may forward to the list, if you like.

>John Bennet, Dept of Classics
>908 Van Hise Hall, UW-Madison,
>1220 Linden Dr.
>Madison, WI 53706, USA
>Tel: 608/262-3320 or /262-2041
>Fax: 608/262-8570
>EMail: ddjlb@macc.wisc.edu

Jeffrey Wills, wills@macc.wisc.edu

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