oa Alternation - African Evidence for Three Proto-World Lexical Roots

Volume 2, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



This paper shows that a refinement in the method of historical semantics, the most neglected of areas in linguistics, offers a means of extending the application of the comparative method of linguistic reconstruction to at least as far back at 14000 B.P. This may coincide with the onset of the Neolithic Revolution in agriculture which dramatically changed the distribution of peoples and languages on the planet.

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