Linguists like to argue!?

Salikoko S. Mufwene mufw at MIDWAY.UCHICAGO.EDU
Fri May 24 11:44:44 UTC 2002

James Landau proposes a position once advocated by Nikolai Trubezkoy in 1939: "Gedanken ├╝ber Indogermanenproblem" in Acta Linguistica 1.81-89. I am not sure that anything similar to the creole lifecycle, for which I maintain that there is no compelling empirical evidence, played a role in the process. But I too believe strongly that language contact was an important factor in the speciation of an already variable proto-IE group of languages or language varieties. History has always suggested such a thing.


Salikoko S. Mufwene
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