A diffusionist's view on the concept of "Language Families"

Dr. Horst Friedrich

It is shown that in our real world, in a diffusionist’s world-view, the concept of “language families”, for similar reasons as the concept of “races” of mankind, does not seem to belong to the category of scientifically established fact, but seems rather to be of the nature of a suspect hypothesis quite susceptible of refutation. In a world of endless ethno-linguistic diffusion and amalgamation, going on for many millennia, only amalgam or creolized languages can be expected.