Hebrew and Conlangs
|From:||Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, February 27, 2003, 9:22|
I've just read some parts of a monograph called:
"The Schizoid Nature of Modern Hebrew:
A Slavic Language in Search of a Semitic Past"
by Paul Wexler
Otto Harrassowitz; Wiesbaden, 1990
Wexler's thesis is that Ivrit, or Modern Hebrew, is a massive Hebraic relex of
Yiddish, and his secondary thesis is that Yiddish is a Germanic relex of
Western Sorbian, one of the minor Western Slavic languages.
I found it interesting, though I don't know enough of any of the languages
referred to (Hebrew, Yiddish, German, or Sorbian) to say either way. the
thing that interested me, was that if his thesis was accurate, Ivrit/Modern
Hebrew would then be the world's first conlang to achieve the status of an
official spoken language.
(Donning flameproof underware) So I was also wondering, how would Dan Sulani,
etc, feel about that? It is a distinction, after all.
Mau e ki, "He aha te mea nui?"
You ask, "What is the most important thing?"
Maku e ki, "He tangata, he tangata, he tangata."
I reply, "It is people, it is people, it is people."