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Re: Kentum/satem (was: The future of Sturnan)

From:Aidan Grey <grey@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 1, 2002, 3:19
At 07:23 PM 4/30/2002 -0400, you wrote:
>The guy's a bit of a fruitcake, >>IMO. > >What? Is this supposed to offend people or are you using it good-naturedley?
I imagine he's using it good-naturedly (is that a word? Well, we are conlangers, so it is now!). Though the term is appropriate - this is some of the worst scholarship in the universe. About the same as seriously postulating that X (pick a cultural group) were the people who made the face on Mars, and that they also visited Pluto and Alpha Centauri. Metaphorically and literally, this example is WAY OUT THERE, stretching in ways that even Sillyputty couldn't go. The whole Semitic = Celtic argument has been disproven. All that said, there are _some_ potential links, but not enough to say that Irish is a deformed Semitic language. I've seen a theory recently that placed all the Indo-European people and the Semitic people around the Black Sea (I think, I suck a geography) that some scholars buy in to. I don't I trust it, but.... Aidan