From: Piotr Gasiorowski
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From: "Abdullah Konushevci" <akonushevci@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2003 11:29 PM
Subject: [tied] Re: slavic "dalto"
> But defending such ideas as Albanians as non-desendent of Illyrians, I confess that I start to doubt in Your attitude as linguist.
And why's that? Is the evidence in favour of the Illyrian hypothesis so incontrovertible? While we're at it, is there _any_ positive linguistic evidence that allows one to connect Albanian specifically with Illyrian (inasmuch as there is some tangible linguistic material identifiable as Illyrian)? Argumentum e silentio ("contrary evidence is weak or lacking") and argumentum ab auctoritate ("Çabej and Cimochowski thought so") dominate such disputes, but I'm equally sick of both.
> Nevertheless, I believe you agree to defend each one their position, but on scientific basis.
Of course. I prefer reasoning to rhetoric.