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Hallo conlangers!

On Thursday 17 January 2013 17:01:45 Alex Fink wrote:

> On Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:42:49 +0100, Jörg Rhiemeier <[log in to unmask]> 
wrote:
> >Hallo conlangers!
> >
> >I have just found this:
> >
> >http://www.mpg.de/6818105/Holocene-gene-flow_India-Australia
> >
> >Apparently, people from India migrated to Australia about 4,000
> >years ago and left their mark in the DNA of Australian aborigines.
> >Perhaps this may explain the similarities between Dravidian and
> >Pama-Nyungan languages which have puzzled linguists for so long
> >and some crackpots have used as evidence for Lemuria?
> 
> Whoa, just 4000 years!  That's entìrely within the reach of the comparative
> method.

It is!

And 4000 years ago the Indus Valley civilization was blossoming,
and they may have explored the Indian Ocean and reached Australia.
And most specialists consider it likely that the language of that
civilization was Dravidian.

> Come to think of it, it's odd in view of these similarities that
> I haven't ever come across any sort of proposal for a
> Dravido--Pama-Nyungan family (well, aside maybe from overlumpers who'd add
> umpteen others as well).

The similarities in phonology are glaringly obvious; I don't
know how similar the languages are otherwise.  The reason why
no serious linguist drew a connection probably is that it was
widely accepted that the Australian aborigines were isolated
from the rest of humanity at least since the last ice age.
Now the Leipzig geneticists have found out that that is not
the case, and a connection between Pama-Nyungan and Dravidian
no longer seems that outlandish!

(Also, I once met a Tamil - he looked like an Australian
aborigine.)

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