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An American Indian Language Family with Middle Eastern Loanwords: Responding to A Recent Critique
|Title||An American Indian Language Family with Middle Eastern Loanwords: Responding to A Recent Critique|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Robertson, John S.|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship|
|Keywords||Language - Egyptian; Language - Hebrew; Language - Uto-Aztecan|
In 2015 Brian Stubbs published a landmark book, demonstrating that Uto-Aztecan, an American Indian language family, contains a vast number of Northwest Semitic and Egyptian loanwords spoken in the first millennium bc. Unlike other similar claims — absurd, eccentric, and without substance — Stubbs’s book is a serious, linguistically based study that deserves serious consideration. In the scholarly world, any claim of Old World influence in the New World languages is met with critical, often hostile skepticism. This essay is written in response to one such criticism.
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