W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 7 14:41:49 UTC 2013

An Indo-Europeanist's view of proto-Eurasiatic, and the myriad other mass
comparison schemes or recent decades.
Step one: Assume all the world's languages descend from a single ancestor
Step two: Prove step one.
Step three: Discover that the comparative method, internal reconstruction,
typology are useless beyond 6,000 BC.
Step four: To save the deductive enterprise, resort to mass comparison,
loosening up criteria until incredibly spectacular results come pouring in.
Step five: As funding dries up; create new project name, GOTO step one.

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