WHAT CAN A DATABASE OF PROTO-LANGUAGES TELL US ABOUT THE LAST 10 , 000 YEARS OF SOUND CHANGES ?

@inproceedings{Langage1999WHATCA,
  title={WHAT CAN A DATABASE OF PROTO-LANGUAGES TELL US ABOUT THE LAST 10 , 000 YEARS OF SOUND CHANGES ?},
  author={Dynamique Du Langage},
  year={1999}
}
  • Dynamique Du Langage
  • Published 1999
This paper describes the construction of a database on reconstructed phonological system and some of the preliminary interpretations. The statistical study of the content of over a hundred proto-phonological systems, does not reveal a significant evolution towards either complexification nor simplification, during the last 10,000 years. This means first that language reached a sufficient level of complexity long ago, and second that sound changes must not be viewed as teological processes, thus… CONTINUE READING

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