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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 >voicing, >stretch the semantics, etc. etc.. A Ukrainian demonstrated that Ukr. (but >not, as I gathered, Russian, Polish et al.) is descended from Sumerian. >Entertaining reading.
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? Andreas 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. _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at