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Objections to Polygenesis

How to explain similarities where no genetic link is known?

  1. Elimination of inflection, gender, PNG
  2. identity of adjectives and adverbs
  3. iteration (reduplication) for intensification of adv/adj `big-big'
  4. development of aspect instead of tense
  5. development of compound prepositions using Portuguese ``na" and ``de"

Harold Schiffman
Tue Mar 25 08:54:40 EST 1997