Re: THEORY: A possible Proto-World phonology
|From:||Marcus Smith <smithma@...>|
|Date:||Friday, June 30, 2000, 3:48|
Brad Coon wrote:
>You know, for me, a lot of the fun has gone out of mocking ing "Amerind"
>and Greenberg. The work is so bad it kind of feels like picking
>on some helpless and weak person.
Yes indeed. I also quit paying attention to that a while ago. I did my
Quenay-Sindarin-Amerind stuff right after I read _Language in the Americas_,
about a year ago now. A sad piece of work.
I have to be glad I read it though, because it got me into Native American
languages. I realized what tripe it was from the beginning, and went to talk
to one of the professors in my department about it. I ended up taking her
class "An Introduction to Native American Languages", started studying
Chickasaw with her, and am entering grad school next Fall with a stated focus
on Native American syntax -- mainly endangered (that's most of them) and
polysynthetic languages. I can give partial credit to Greenberg for that, I
guess; though of course, most the credit should go to my Prof.