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Language Origins

Author: Venetia Ansell

Last Activity: May 11, 2011

I'm sure you all read the news about Quentin Atkinson's new theory on the origins of language.  Here is a link to the WSJ article which reports the original article - which was published in Science - http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704547604576262572791243528.html

I know this has already caused some controversy from several perspectives.  I'd be interested to know though how this theory of the origin of language fits with data on Indian languages, particularly Sanskrit.  From the media reports, he seemed not to have focused much on Indian languages and was restricting the study to modern languages. 

If anyone has any thoughts on this topic, please do share them here.

Thanks,

Venetia

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commented by Rod on May 11, 2011