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CHAT: BritoHamitic? (was: CHAT: RE: R: Italian Particles)

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Friday, April 28, 2000, 1:24
AHA.  Celto-Hamitic.  Or BritoHamitic.  I stand corrected.

Raymond Brown wrote:

> Yes, but that is not what And is implying. A Semitic substrate is now, as > Thomas Leigh points out, dimissed by most scholars. It's a question I've > certainly examined and have not find credible myself. But I've stated on > many occasions that I am open to the notion of a Celto-Hamitic connexion; > indeed, I said as much in my reply to And. > > >and it was scoffed at on the > >basis of > >my summary. Go read the books on it, that's my advice. It's one of the > >world's more interesting linguistic "problems," which doesn't deserve > >complacent dismissal before everything that has been written on it has > >been read. > > I whole-heartedly agree - the complacent dismissal of any problem without > examining the evidence is utterly reprehensible IMO. I've spent much time, > off and on, over the past 20 years or so pondering these matters and still > don't know the answers. > > Thomas latest email on the matter IMHO raises some very interesting > questions - including, indeed, whether we should really be calling the > Brittonic & Gaelic languages "Celtic" at all. Perhaps we should be > thinking of a Brito-Hamitic and/or Hiberno-Hamitic connexion. > > Ray. > > ========================================= > A mind which thinks at its own expense > will always interfere with language. > [J.G. Hamann 1760] > =========================================
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