Re: [tied] Re: Late Proto Albanian *3 /dz/ = Early Proto Romanian

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 30643
Date: 2004-02-04

04-02-04 07:37, Abdullah Konushevci wrote:

> I make this reply to make clear that change /k/ > /p/ is present
> from ancient times, as in Albanian, as in Romanian and, in one way
> or other to satisfy my friend George Knysh that Albanian are also
> descendants of Poionians, as well as of Dardanians and all other
> Illyrian tribes.

"Proving" that reflexes *kW and *p alternate Albanian by suggesting that
they perhaps did in the almost entirely enigmatic and hard-to-classify
dialects of ancient Paeonia or Dardania is a novel methodological
proposal. You seem to be unable to define "Illyrian" in the first place
-- you just lump together all the little-known languages spoken in the
area in ancient times and take it to be axiomatically true that they
_must_ have been closely related to one another as well as being
ancestral to Albanian. The resulting notion of "Illyrian" is vague and
as easy to play with as plasticine, but it's completely useless because
of its meaninglessness.