Re: [tied] Indian League

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 9760
Date: 2001-09-24

It's OK as long as you concede that "Indian" is not a language family but an areal grouping (like, say, the "Balkan League"). If you do so, your Indian lexicon may be a valuable contribution to Indian areal studies -- a regrettably neglected field, in which, as I think we agree, very much remains to be done. But the reality of linguistic families (in particular, Indo-European and Dravidian) is supported by a vast amount of very good evidence and can't be dismissed as an artifact of the methods we use.
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From: S.Kalyanaraman
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2001 5:46 PM
Subject: [tied] Re: Dravidian in Persia?

Apparently a lot of work needs to be done in unravelling the areal
linguistics of Bha_rata of ca. 5500 BP.

A start as you indicated can also be with identification of substratum lexemes in Gujarati, Sindhi (and Punjabi, if I may add) not influenced by IA. Same step goes for Tamil. The Indian Lexicon is an additional resource and should not be confused to postulate genetic structures.