Re: [tied] West bird

From: Patrick Ryan
Message: 43237
Date: 2006-02-04

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From: tgpedersen
Sent: Saturday, February 04, 2006 6:37 AM
Subject: Re: [tied] West bird


>As somebody who has
> actually studied Old Chinese, is up to date with the latest news
in the
> field, and knows more than either of us about Sino-Tibetan
> linguistics, Guillaume certainly deserves to be taken seriously,
so your
> 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?


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.