On 10 January 2016 at 16:15, Nicole Valicia Thompson-Andrews <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > What makes something a language family? One of the texts I'm using > didn't give a min number of languages for a family, just that the > number varies. Genetic relationships. If two languages are known to descend fro a common ancestor, then they are part of the same family. If a language has no known relatives (like Basque), it is a family of one. > Does Webish, Silknish, and Yardish count as a language > family? And if the Yardish borrows from those languages, does that > still count as language contact? I don't recall enough about your projects to say, but if they are supposed to derive from a common proto-language, then yes. Otherwise... no. In either case, though, yes, borrowing does count as language contact (or rather, is evidence of language contact). -l.