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Why does final /n/ appear in plural suffixes of both Indo-European and Afro-Asiatic languages?

Examples: Tamazight: -en Arabic: -un , -in Farsi:-an German:-en
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Are click sounds accompanied by specific formant transitions?

Is it possible to identify click sounds like [‖ ʘ !] by formant transitions in the surrounding vowels? I know stops and fricatives have that feature. I'm just wondering how the five (main) click ...
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Language used in Escrava Isaura opening theme

The theme can be heard here at youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=T6tWC-SnC2U The music and "lere-lere" in the beginning come from Retirantes song, but the words ...
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What is the current understanding of Greenberg's classification of African languages?

In a reply to the criticism of his classification of the languages of the Americas, Greenberg (1989: 107) characterized his work on African languages as follows: [...] my classification is clearly ...