Re[4]: [tied] Re: Renfrew's theory renamed as Vasco-Caucasian

From: Brian M. Scott
Message: 50010
Date: 2007-09-21

At 3:00:02 AM on Thursday, September 20, 2007,
fournet.arnaud wrote:

> The fact is I am less and less sceptical about
> proto-world.

> I think it is possible to work on very deep cognates,

> I have got some.

> not Ruhlenesque cognates, I mean clean phonetically
> relevant cognates.

If you have any, it's an accident, and there's no way for
you to be sure or to demonstrate their cognacy: at a time
depth of ~50,000 years there is no way to distinguish
cognates that by some accident of history are still
phonetically similar from unrelated words of similar meaning
that accidentally happen to be phonetically similar.