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      Week #5 One definition for someone who is crazy is as follows:  a person carrying out the same  experiment expecting different results each time.  I am not good at math.  I have never been good  at math, and I never will be.  So, I study anthropology.  All good things must come to an end I’m  afraid.  Math seems to be everywhere.  Every problem can be solved with math.  Algorithms can  be adapted for many different purposes.  This doesn’t change for anthropology. Computational  cladistics, originally used for biology purposes, has been applied to language.  Its purpose is to  create order from the chaos created by Proto-Indo-European.  Through this mathematical process  as well as comparing written and archaeological records, one should be able to create a  chronological representation of when each language broke away from Proto-Indo-European. If  only it were that easy.  A language always has a beginning and an end.  In between these points in time,  individual languages undergo many changes sometimes making the original language almost  impossible to understand.  The beginning and the end of a language is not always clearly defined.  This is a problem that is faced with Proto-Indo-European.  “How do we assign a date to a  language that left no inscriptions, that died without ever being written down?” (Anthony, 39)  That does seem to be a rather difficult task.  But of course when there is a mystifying challenge,  there is always someone, or a group of people, ambitious to rise above.  1  |  P a g e
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It seems impossible to designate a window of existence to Proto-Indo-European.  Languages, like everything else, change over time.  How can they decide the rate of change of  this language?  And from there, how can historical linguists define the birth and death of this 
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ANTH 350 taught by Professor Anthony during the Spring '08 term at Hartwick.

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Week#5 - Week #5 One definition for someone who is crazy is...

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