Origin of retroflexion in IA

Paul K. Manansala kabalen at MAIL.JPS.NET
Fri Mar 27 19:11:50 UTC 1998

  "Dominique.Thillaud" <thillaud at UNICE.FR>

> Vidhyanath Rao wrote:
> >My problem is that ``substratum influence'' has become a deux ex machina (sp?)
> >in Indology. If we see any change, then the immediate reaction is to
> >say ``substratum influence'', without looking for possibility of
> >internal evolution.
>         Alas, not just in Indology! Supposed loan words and postulated
> "substratum influence" are the medicine against the unknown in the all
> range of the linguistic! Fabulous domains where there are no rules nor
> laws: not even necessary to give any clue about the mysterious influencing
> language, the best being to choose it very bad known or even undeciphered!
> Thraco-Phrygian, Lycian, Illyrian, even Etruscan or Minoan are the common
> shops of a lot of Hellenists...
>         Regards,
> Dominique
By the same token, are those who try overly hard to deny
"substratum"influences showing interest in language"purity"?

Paul Kekai Manansala

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