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LINGUIST List 16.1851

Sun Jun 12 2005

Qs: Lang Extinction/Neolithic Revolution

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        1.    John Kingston, New Yorker:Kolbert on language extinction

Message 1: New Yorker:Kolbert on language extinction
Date: 04-Jun-2005
From: John Kingston <jkingstonlinguist.umass.edu>
Subject: New Yorker:Kolbert on language extinction

In her article on Eyak in the 6 June 2005 issue of the New Yorker,
Elizabeth Kolbert asserts, 'A great wave of language extinctions, it is
believed, took place eight or nine thousand years ago, following the
so-called Neolithic revolution.' (pp. 46-47). I was quite surprised at
this remark. Who believes this and on what grounds? I will post a summary
of the responses I receive. Thank you.

John Kingston
Linguistics Department
University of Massachusetts

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

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