From: Glen Gordon <glengordon01@...>
Date: Thu Jan 18, 2001 3:46am
Subject: Re: [tied] Lemnos stele
>phok puce figter/warrior
>a of family
>si adjective/gen suffix
>Now Glen, what do you think?
I think you're more cracked than Miguel. The best way to solve any
by developing a clear, logical strategy to begin with. There's a
to your translation methodology that is lacking. In order to
Lemnian at all, one must understand how the closely related Etruscan
language works. It is generally known that Lemnian and Etruscan are
close languages, probably on the order of French and Spanish. Your
of /Fukiasiale/ is completely unfounded within an Etruscan context
quite frankly, is annoying.
The problem Glen, might be that nobody understand how Etruscan (nor
Lemnian) works. It is today, more than 2000 years after it
disappeared, examined by people who do not really know how things
worked in these days. We basically only know Etruscan from grave
inscriptions and religious seremonial texts. We do not really know if
the Lemnos stele actually is written in Lemnian either, do we? Could
it for example be carved in stone in Etruscan by someone not quite
familiar with Etruscan?
You write that Lemnian and Etruscan are very close languages,
probably on the order of French and Spanish. - Probably? If you
understand how Etruscan works, you should be able to state that it
clearly is or is not on the order of French and Spanish?
I do however understand that well educated people in the linguistic
didpline may be annoyed by dilletants and amateurs like me. But it is
no reason to climb high on a horse that might turn out to be a lizard.
Realise that you do not know much about Etruscan, Glen. Nobody does.
Therefore don't shut doors.
Please divide the word Fukiasiale correctly. If you think it is a
Lemnian (or Etruscan) word.
By the way I believe that any resemblances to French or Spanish, or
Latin for that matter, are due to Etruscan power and influence.
Nobody really understood them among their contemporaries. I think
they were (apart from the basque) the rest of an old Mediterranean
culture, expelled by indo-european speaking peoples.
For what it is worth.