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Validity of aging estimation for Proto-Afro-Asiatic

The basic reasoning is set forth in Ehret 2002, The civilizations of Africa : a history to 1800 in ch. 2. It is based on the claim that there was a civilization living in NE Africa, that they were the ...
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What are these "unexplained similarities" between Celtic languages and languages from North Africa?

The similarities usually cited between Insular Celtic and the Semitic languages and those of North Africa are the following: VSO as basic word order. "Conjugated" prepositions, where ...
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Validity of aging estimation for Proto-Afro-Asiatic

You have raised very strong objections to the proposed dating of Afro-Asiatic. As you say, the only basis for the 14000 figure is “glottochronology”, that is: the unfounded superstition that all ...
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How strong was the r/l distinction in Proto-Afro-Asiatic?

With the possible exception of Ancient Egyptian where no grapheme for "l" existed, the r/l distinction seems to be well-maintained in the Afroasiatic languages. It exists in Semitic, Berber, Chadic, ...
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