Re: [tied] Check out What is Ogam -- Noh-oh-oh! Don't!!

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 14321
Date: 2002-08-14

Edo Nyland is a notorious pseudolinguistic personage (one of the top names in my private kook-book) -- not the first or the last person in quest of the ultimate morphemes of human language, but one of the most eccentric. I once asked Cyril Babaev to remove a link to his website from the TIED page (though I don't know if Cyril did so). Anyone who rejects all known methods of reconstruction, says e.g. that Basque and Dravidian are "closely related" (whatever that's supposed to mean to somebody who does not "believe in" historical linguistics), and insists that all the languages of Western Europe were artificially created by Benedictine monks in the interest of the RC Church is probably not quite all there -- and at any rate way below criticism. Perhaps the website is a huge private joke, but if so, it's already too old to be funny.
Look at the full story if you have nothing better to do, but remember not to take anything there seriously.
Internet is one of the greatest inventions of all time, but like all the other great inventions (fire, bow and arrows, printing, whisky, nuclear energy, parliamentary democracy, etc.) it has its murky aspects. One of them is the freedom of expression enjoyed by kooks. Unfortunately, there seems to be a cyberspacial analogue of Gresham's Law which guarantees that cheap rubbish will inevitably drive out serious thought. Keep this in mind if you want to use the Internet for autodidactic purposes.
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From: jpisc98357@...
Cc: newhead50@...
Sent: Wednesday, August 14, 2002 4:22 AM
Subject: [tied] Check out What is Ogam?

Dear Friends,

     Not much activity in the group lately.  Here is an intellectual exercize that may be of interest to those of you who are versed in Celtic or Basque languages.  Does the information on this site make sense or is the author jumping to huge conclusions unjustified by the evidence presented?
Best Regards,  John Piscopo