Re: [tied] Indian League

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 9788
Date: 2001-09-25

The league would have to include the Munda languages spoken in the subcontinent, Burushaski, and -- in the diachronic perspective -- an unknown number of hard-to-identify extinct substrata. Besides, "Indo-" has somehow come to be understood as shorthand for "Indo-European", whereas the only branch involved in this particular Sprachbund is Indo-Aryan. I suppose you mean that many people's intuitive guess on hearing of an "Indian League" would be that it must be an organisation of native Americans. What can we do? The word "Indian" has been abused in too many ways through history. Perhaps we should insist on restoring the historically correct meaning to it, after all.
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From: markodegard@...
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2001 9:53 PM
Subject: Re: [tied] Indian League

Wouldn't something like "the Indo-Dravidian Sprachbund" be better?