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LINGUIST List 23.3029

Thu Jul 12 2012

Media: DNA Evidence Supports Linguistic Classification

Editor for this issue: Anna Belew <annalinguistlist.org>

Date: 12-Jul-2012
From: Anthony Aristar <aristarlinguistlist.org>
Subject: NY Times: ''Earliest Americans Arrived in Waves, DNA Study Finds''
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North and South America were first populated by three waves of
migrants from Siberia rather than just a single migration, say
researchers who have studied the whole genomes of Native Americans
in South America and Canada.

The finding vindicates a proposal first made on linguistic grounds by
Joseph Greenberg, the great classifier of the world’s languages. He
asserted in 1987 that most languages spoken in North and South
America were derived from the single mother tongue of the first settlers
from Siberia, which he called Amerind. Two later waves, he surmised,
brought speakers of Eskimo-Aleut and of Na-Dene, the language family
spoken by the Apache and Navajo.

Read the article here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/12/science/earliest-americans-arrived
in-3-waves-not-1-dna-study-finds.html?_r=3


Linguistic Field(s): Genetic Classification
                            Historical Linguistics

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