Posted: Nov 24, 2013 5:31 am
by Imagination Theory
Zwaarddijk wrote:I find the sample size presented in the illustration far from convincing. Further, the distribution of the sample makes it likely some convergence area-phenomena are involved, e.g. European languages have had quite a degree of influence on each other, and the same goes for Southeast Asia. The article suggests they studied a sample of ten languages. There's six thousand in the world. Even if they added 21 languages to the sample after the original study, the map still fills me with some misgivings.

Further, it is natural a word such as this will be short, which makes it fairly likely for roughly-similar words to pop up for no other reason than the shorter the pair of words, the fewer differences they can showcase