From: Richard Wordingham
> The basic flaws in the combined methods of lexicostatistics andword
> glottochronology are:
> 1. The limited number of words chosen (2449 lexemes from 87
> languages; thus about 29 lexical items per language) as cognate
> pairs may not be a true representative sample of 'genetic'If you assume that 'lexemes' means pairs, then the calculation is 2
> relationships among languages.
> The choice of the sample is notmay
> random and hence, application of statistical methods of analyses
> result in spurious correlations.The only bias I can see is a risk that meaningss have been chosen
> 2. The concept of 'genetic' links among languages is itself aparticularly
> questionable assumption, since there could be a linguistic area
> where interchanges occur with a rapidity and intensity,
> in relation to technological advances such as farmingassume
> tools/techniques or alloying of minerals. The 'genetic' links
> that a particular language is learnt only from a 'genetically'I don't think you mean this. You may like to note that several
> related language speakers.
> This is a false assumption. For example,inventions
> in the Sarasvati Civilization, we have indications of
> metallurgists's lexical repertoire which is based on new
> such as bronze or brass alloys (or pancaloha, five-metal alloys).In
> such words related to new technologies, the words are likely tohave
> entered the parole of, say, Munda, Dravidian and Indo-Aryanspeakers
> almost simultaneously. In such cases, the assumption ofa 'genetic'
> relationship gets immediately falsified.The word lists were designed to be lists of meanings that all
> 3. If indeed agriculture spread from Anatolia and if IE languageCan't find the place in my atlas. The language of this list is
> traces intruded into Bharat
> agricultural terms in indic. But, this is not the case.Does anyone sensible believe that agriculture was brought to India
> The next exercise of Russel D. Gray and Quentin D. Atkinson shouldAs a matter of interest, has anyone done similar studies with
> include some lexical items from my Indian Lexicon; there is a
> possibility that the Anatolia hypothesis will be disproved for
> agricultural and metallurgical cognate pairs.