I did not mean to imply that you stated language was
genetic. Because you didnt. And I certainly dont wish
to start an argument, for that is also not my intent.
> >> split between R1a and R1b and how that is the
> >> general demarcation
> >> between satem and centum languages among those
> >> speaking
> >> Indo-European languages in Europe.
> I think it fair to say that the satem/centum split
> between R1a and
> R1b to be purely coincidental, as is also the fact
> that each of
> these genetic groups speaking an Indo-European
> language is also
> coincidental as far as that goes.
F: Fair enough, agreed.
But that also
> happens to be the
> way it is, and that R1a and R1b represent a genetic
> line of
> demarcation in Indo-European languages. Call it what
> you will, but
> that is the reality. Now that is not absolute, but
> it is generally
> true. Furthermore, it appears some descendants of
> R1b instead of
> travelling west took a more easterly and southerly
> route and while
> may have spoken some form of Indo-European in the
> distant past,
> now speak Chinese (the Uhgyurs, et al).
F: I think the genetics are, as you say, purely
coincidental. I think the development of languages is
more perhaps due to isolation and other geographical,
environmental factors. For instance, here in Canada,
Quebecois, the French spoken in Quebec, has retained
archaic features of the language spoken in 16th and
17th century France, when the settlers left for the
New World. Modern French, spoken in France is quite
distinct- even though both languages share a common
root. Quebecois retained its archaic features due to
isolation. Another example is Newfie, the Irish-anglo
dialect of the Irish settlers, which through time and
isolation developed into a distinct dialect. The same
can be said for Métis ( a French/aboriginal dialect)
and Acadian (French dialect, different yet again from
Quebecois). So even though there may be a clear
demarcation line, perhaps it is a geographical one, in
which the genetics are coincidental.
Sorry if there was a misunderstanding. My fault
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