From: Patrick Ryan
----- Original Message -----From: tgpedersenSent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 6:37 AMSubject: Re: [tied] West bird<snip>
>As somebody who has
> actually studied Old Chinese, is up to date with the latest news
> field, and knows more than either of us about Sino-Tibetan
> linguistics, Guillaume certainly deserves to be taken seriously,
> irony is misplaced.
The above does not constitute an appeal to authority? I'm as willing
as anybody to consider a good argument, but the quote you provided
was devoid of any. And where did you get the idea I was being ironic?
***Patrick:An appeal to authority? How about an appeal to _more_ than superficial similarity?If you are somehow offended by the inclusion of an opinion by someone who actually studies on a full-time basis the subject-field of your assertions, then you are clearly "out-of-it".As for the argument, get a copy of Guillaume, read it, and if you have any problems with it, then let us hear your counter-arguments. Piotr simply quoted the conclusion of an "expert". It was a helpful reference, and information that should be considered in this context.Stop flailing around! The quality of your postings used to be much better.***