Re: Old Languages w/ new thread
|From:||Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>|
|Date:||Friday, October 5, 2001, 17:47|
Roger Mills wrote:
>A google search in any language area will produce lots of wonderfully
>wacked-out websites (isn't that what "www" stands for?) claiming that
>Language X is _obviously_ descended from (ancient language of your choice).
>A while back an intruder on Cybalist showed how you can derive any English
>word from Hebrew-- metathesize a letter, read backwards, change the
>stretch the semantics, etc. etc.. A Ukrainian demonstrated that Ukr. (but
>not, as I gathered, Russian, Polish et al.) is descended from Sumerian.
Once, when searching for info on Pelasgian, I found a site that claimed that
Modern Turkish is descended not only from Pelasgian, but also from Aramaic,
Hettite, Lycian, and Sumerian, plus some I forget. Among other "evidence",
the site cited the "well-known linguistic universal" that languages never
die except by the genocide of the entire speaker population.
The same search brought me to a site that promised to reveal the secrets of
life and death, if I only sent a small amount of money to a certain bank
account ... what've the Pelasgians done to deserve such, I wonder?
PS Perhaps predictably, I didn't find anything vaguely reliable info on that
search. Indeed, the Britannica and the Indo-European Database seems to
contain about all serious material on Pelasgian on the 'net.
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