Linguistic Anthropology

Allan Dunn (adunn@LCLARK.EDU)
Tue, 5 Sep 1995 16:57:37 -0700

of anthropology as it relates to linguistic relationships between groups
and linguistic changes within a group? I've been reading a lot of
bizarre (or maybe not so bizarre- I don't know enough about it, I'm assuming)
stuff on the newsgroup about the relationship between diverse and very
distant language groups that until now I had thought was an open book.

One person brought up the theory that Da-Ne was related to
Basque, while another put Basque, Japanese, and Turkish in the
Finno-Ugric Family. Has there been some break-through in language
categorization that I am not aware of? I thought these old theories had
been debunked years ago, along with the ones claiming that Native American
languages were dialects of Hebrew.
I would love to research this myself, but I don't speak any of
these languages and don't have the time to do the research myself.
Who has researched this, and how reliable are they?