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Re: Catastrophism and syllable structure (was Re: subconscious sound preferences)

From:Tom Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 30, 1998, 0:09
Andrew Smith wrote:

> On Sun, 27 Dec 1998, Tom Wier wrote: > > > I don't doubt it, but considering where a lot of theories like these > > have come from, what with Soviet ideology always having historically =
> > a legitimate reason to discount theories in Russia, you can see how I > > responded how I did. > > > I'm reading _Indo-European and the Indo-Europeans_ by Gamkrelidze and > Ivanov at the moment. (Trends in Linguistics: Studies and Monographs 80=
> While it's a great resource to mine for IE con-cultures I am wondering =
> close to the fringe some of their interpretations come. Would anyone c=
> to pass judgement or summerize commentary on this title?
Well, as usual with such things, it really depends on who you're talking = to. In general, I would say that most IEists would consider Gamkrelidze and Ivanov's claims that IE actually had a whole series of glottalized conson= ants to be certainly very controversial, but according to those whom I've spok= en to (including my professor Mark Southern who's something of an expert in the field), their ideas don't sound as wacky as they did, say, ten years = ago. The establishment is moving in their direction, apparently. I'm not an expert in the field, but from what I've read about it, I think= I kinda have sympathies for their position if I am not willing to declare my supp= ort for it outright. (In case you're interested, here are some good sites about their work: Something they published in _Scientific American_ about the IE Urheimat: <> One I posted on this list just recently about the Glottalic hypothesis: <>) =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D Tom Wier <twier@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom Website: <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." "S=F4=F0 is gecy=FEed / =FE=E6t mihtig God manna cynes / w=EAold w=EEde-ferh=F0." _Beowulf_, ll. 700-702 =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D