<Language> Re: Caucasus and Kaska

H. Mark Hubey HubeyH at Mail.Montclair.edu
Tue Jan 26 02:24:09 UTC 1999

Patrick C. Ryan wrote:

> Dear Claire and EvolLinguists:

> >1) frozen accidents (i.e. initial conditions)
> >2) system characteristics
> >3) external forces

> > is something students learn in first year linguistics. It is a principle
> >well known.

> If linguistics really took "initial conditions" into realistic
> consideration, we would have been spared the pouring of much ink!

We would have poured much ink in debates about initial conditions :-)

But I do agree (mostly).

Best Regards,
hubeyh at montclair.edu =-=-=-= http://www.csam.montclair.edu/~hubey

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