[tied] Re: searching for common words for all today's languages

From: tgpedersen
Message: 43274
Date: 2006-02-06

--- In cybalist@yahoogroups.com, "Brian M. Scott" <BMScott@...>
> At 7:53:35 AM on Saturday, February 4, 2006, tgpedersen
> wrote:
> [...]
> > Ruhlen's list of look-alikes is a stone in the shoe for
> > linguistics. Nobody knows what to make of it, so it's
> > generally condemned as unscientific and Ruhlen is one of
> > the guys we are not supposed to play with.
> Salmons did a pretty thorough job on Ruhlen's alleged *tik
> word; some of the criticisms are specific to that word, but
> the (rather serious) methodological criticisms carry over to
> the rest of the list.

He probably did, I haven't read it. AfaIk no one proposed so far
that the alleged cognates were loans, much less refuted that idea.