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Re: Semitic/Celtic Ties

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 9, 1999, 3:39
> On Mon, 8 Mar 1999, Raymond A. Brown wrote: > > > Actually it's very easy to interpret an obscure text as any language you > > want if you've got a bit of imagination. Just as a trial I once took an > > obscure 'Eteocretan' insciption and tried to "translate" it as though it > > were Celtic. It was much easier than I expected - and that one even had > > spaces marked! > > > > "Ah, who shall make thy soul tp stand in paradise? THE VIRGIN" - it read. > > "Evidence" for a Celtic civilization in Crete worshipping the Mother > > Goddess? Not likely! I was well aware of the weaknesses that any serious > > an objective Celticist would soon spot. But I've a feeling I could easily > > have persuaded the gullible.
Many gullible have fallen for just this kind of thing. Those who want to believethat there are Welsh-speaking Indians. Those that want to believe that Sumerian and Quechua are related. You can take any two languages and hold them up together and find a great number of lexical similarities. Of course the CHS problem is in a slightly different category as a problem, since these are not closely related languages, and the similarities lie in the core structure. ;-) And then there were those who wanted to believe that Helene Smith was speaking Martian! Sally
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