Survival, convergence, innovation: a problem in diachronic theory

Roger Lass


The issues I raise here are neither new nor unfamiliar, but Iihink they are no less d eserv1. 0g 0 f anot h er a1.r•1 ng. 1) I suggest t h at wh at seems at first a somewhat parochial problem in the theory (or, perhaps better, methodol~gy) of reconstruction may turn out to have wider implications.

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