Re: Migrations and Languages

Glenn R. Morton (
Fri, 06 Nov 1998 14:16:52 -0600

At 09:25 AM 11/6/98 -0600, Karen G. Jensen wrote:
>Dear Glenn,
>Thu, 05 Nov 1998 19:55:10 -0600 you wrote:
>>Most of the traffic across the Bering Strait seemed to have been a one way
>>traffic, especially after the sea level rose cutting the two continents off.
>There were waves of migration, bringing different languages.

There were apparently 3 major waves of immigration to North America. But
the connectivity of languages goes far beyond these different waves. The
connection transcends the continents in some cases.

>Do you think it's true that the Navajo people migrated from Mongolia across
>and south, some of them turned east and settled in the Arizona area,
>displacing the Anasazi, and the rest continued south, settling in South

Don't know.
>I have heard that during World War II when Americans were using Navajo as a
>"secret" language, some South American Indian men recognized it as closely
>related to their language, and both groups remembered the account of the
>separation of the two groups, one continuing south and the other turning
>Any documentation on that?

I have never head that but Native American history and archeology has not
been a focus of mine.


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