**From:** etherman23

**Message:** 1138

**Date:** 2003-09-04

--- In Nostratica@yahoogroups.com, "H.M. Hubey" <hubeyh@...> wrote:

corresponds to a Y in language B you'd have a phoneme Z (which is

chosen to be similar to both X and Y) in Proto-AB. In this way you'd

have completely consistent diachronic changes. I suppose probability

theory combined with typology is the ultimate answer.

> Then at worst you'd have two roots for every word, and there wouldI don't think so. For every occurrance of X in language A that

> be no patterns in the sound changes from the protolanguage to the

> daughter languages. If the change is a Markov process you'd expect

> to find patterns. And therein lies the answer. Ultimately

> the answer is in probability theory.

corresponds to a Y in language B you'd have a phoneme Z (which is

chosen to be similar to both X and Y) in Proto-AB. In this way you'd

have completely consistent diachronic changes. I suppose probability

theory combined with typology is the ultimate answer.