The Origins of Proto-Indo-European: The Caucasian Substrate Hypothesis (Allan Bomhard, revised August 2017)

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The Origins of Proto-Indo-European: The Caucasian Substrate Hypothesis (Allan Bomhard, revised August 2017)

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The Origins of Proto-Indo-European: The Caucasian Substrate Hypothesis, by Allan R. Bomhard (revised August 2017)
There have been numerous attempts to find relatives of Proto- Indo-European, not the least of which is the Indo-Uralic Hypothesis. According to this hypothesis, Proto-Indo-European and Proto-Uralic are alleged to descend from a common ancestor. However, attempts to prove this hypothesis have run into numerous difficulties. One difficulty concerns the inability to reconstruct the ancestral morphological system in detail, and another concerns the rather small shared vocabulary. This latter problem is further complicated by the fact that many scholars think in terms of borrowing rather than inheritance. Moreover, the lack of agreement in vocabulary affects the ability to establish viable sound correspondences and rules of combinability. This paper will attempt to show that these and other difficulties are caused, at least in large part, by the question of the origins of the Indo-European parent language. Evidence will be presented to demonstrate that Proto-Indo-European is the result of the imposition of a Eurasiatic language — to use Greenberg’s term — on a population speaking one or more primordial Northwest Caucasian languages.
https://www.academia.edu/10261406/The_O ... gust_2017_
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