from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ensemble of areal features: similarity in grammar, vocabulary, etc.
So Hybrid Theory would give us a clear post-IE date for this change of *-bhi- to *-mi-, likely occurring sometime after the phonation shift in dialects neighbouring the Germanic/Balto-Slavic sprachbund.
Incidentally, is there any particular reason why Scott is interested in Salishan languages specifically, rather than the NW Coastal sprachbund in general?
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