The palatal sham :) (Re: [tied] Re: Albanian (1))

From: tgpedersen
Message: 30981
Date: 2004-02-12

--- In, "P&G" <petegray@...> wrote:
> > > > any reconstruction attempt we make will be garbled
> > > Not necessarily.
> > And if you continue past the first year of linguistics, you'll
> > get to exciting theories, such as the one in which all PIE roots
> > with /a/ are loans.
> Alas, I'm not entirely with you. How does this follow on from the
> discussion?

Hm. It follows from me getting frustrated when I propose something
new and the response I get is a restatement of something that's basic
knowledge to most people that know anything about historical
lingustics. The message I'm getting is that whoever responds that way
see my proposal not as an attempt to propose something new and better
but as a failure on my part to understand basic textbook stuff.

So much for that. I'd like to discuss the idea that supposed PIE
plain velars occur only in loans. So, fire away, list some examples
of what you believe to be incontrovertible examples of plain velars
and I'll check with Møller and Bomhard. I find them, you lose; I
don't find them, I lose. OK?