Date:         Mon, 8 Mar 1999 06:41:33 +0000
   From: "Raymond A. Brown" <[log in to unmask]>

   At 11:49 am -0800 7/3/99, Sally Caves wrote:

   >It seems completely sensible. I think there is a split in
   >traditional thinking about this phenomenon between the
   >"substratal" theory and the "non-substratal," or "contact" theory.

   Substratal & superstratal theories are a different matter and the
   evidence is often much more tenuous, I agree.

   >Orin goes into a long discussion about the tenuous evidence
   >amassed on either side. If there was a substratum, for instance,
   >say in Eurasia, then we have no evidence for it.

   Indeed we haven't - and I've not met that theory.

Theo Vennemann is a proponent of an 'Atlantic' substrate, connected
with megalithic cultures, in Afro-Asiatic, Basque and Western European
IE languages. You can meet him on the Indoeuropean mailing list.

Lars Mathiesen (U of Copenhagen CS Dep) <[log in to unmask]> (Humour NOT marked)