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Is it a coincidence that Uto-Aztecan languages share over 1,500 cognates with Semitic languages, in a pattern that correlates well with infusions from Lehi’s group and the Mulekites?

Linguist Brian Stubbs is one of only few specialists in the Uto-Aztecan language and his research has uncovered 1,500 correspondences between Uto-Aztecan and ancient Semitic languages, particularly Semitic (Hebrew/Aramaic, and Phoenician) and Egyptian.

This is strong evidence of Near Eastern influence that has survived within Native American languages, with Egyptian and Semitic influence affecting over 10% (possibly 30%) of the Uto-Aztecan language. 

Jeff Lindsay comments:

The Semitic influence shows patterns consistent with two different infusions, an infusion of one type of Hebrew/Aramaic along with Egyptian showing common sound changes. This first infusion could correlate with the entry of Lehi and his group. Another infusion of a different Semitic dialect shows different sound changes as if it evolved in a different environment before influencing UA, and this could be related to an infusion of Hebrew and Phoenician from the Mulekites.

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It could be argued that the correspondences are down to chance but in many New World languages, 100 to 200 pairs of cognates have been used to show a legitimate connection between languages.

Is this not “serious, scholarly work that rises above the standards typically used to establish authentic language families”? 


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