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Validity of aging estimation for Proto-Afro-Asiatic

Tl;dr: What reasons do we have--besides glottochronology--to think that Proto-Afro-Asiatic is actually 14,000 years old? So, if you know much about proto-languages, you might know that Proto-Afro-...
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Have other language families been mapped like Proto-Indo-European has?

Are there Linguists that have or are currently working to reconstruct proto-languages other than PIE? Or to map the historical relationships between various African, Asian, Native American, or other ...
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How strong was the r/l distinction in Proto-Afro-Asiatic?

The East Asian languages do not distinguish r and l. The PIE had r/l alternation in suffixes: -tlom/-trom, -dhlom/-dhrom, -ter/-tel, -ros/-los. What can be said in this context about Afro-Asiatic ...
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Semitic verb extenders

Whenever I look up how Semitic created its triconsonantal template system, one tidbit I see frequently mentioned is that the older roots seem to have originally been biconsonantal, and were only later ...
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Is vav-consecutive unique to Hebrew?

Is vav-consecutive (converting perfect to imperfect and vice versa) unique to Biblical Hebrew or are there similar features in other languages, beyond the Afroasiatic family ? See also this answer to ...
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What are these "unexplained similarities" between Celtic languages and languages from North Africa?

In the section "The linguistic relationship of Welsh" from the book "Modern Welsh: a comprehensive grammar" by Gareth King we can find the following quote: Celtic also shows ...
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Etymology of the word "El" ("God") in Afroasiatic languages [closed]

Is the word "El" ("God") or something similar found in non-Semitic Afroasiatic languages? Are there any plausible guesses regarding the etymology of this word? What word does it ...
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Etymology of Kalb/Canis

Dog is in : *Indo European languages Latin/Roman Languages Latin: canis Chien in French Cane in Italian cão in Portuguese cane in corsican câine in Romanian Armenian -շուն (shun) in Armenian *...
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