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Etymology of Kalb/Canis

The Latin is from the PIE word *ḱwṓ "dog" which is also the source of Sanskrit श्वन् śván, Irish cú, Greek κύων kýōn, Armenian շուն šun, English hound (from an extended form), and possibly ...
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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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Is vav-consecutive unique to Hebrew?

As has been mentioned in the comments, forms corresponding to Biblical Hebrew wəqāṭaltí and wayyiqṭol exist in related languages. But these reflect a shared ancestor, or perhaps language contact, and ...
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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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Have other language families been mapped like Proto-Indo-European has?

Yes, there are very many researchers working to reconstruct proto-languages other than Indo-European. There are a number of languages that are not clearly related to any other language (e.g. ...
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Have other language families been mapped like Proto-Indo-European has?

There are a great many language families studied by linguists, and part of the demonstration of their relatedness typically involves the classification of the members of that family into subgroups. ...
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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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