Re: Negau

From: tgpedersen
Message: 60480
Date: 2008-09-29

--- In, "Andrew Jarrette" <anjarrette@...> wrote:
> --- In, "Arnaud Fournet" <fournet.arnaud@>
> wrote:
> >
> > > What about the idea
> > > which came up between me and Arnaud, that most agricultural terms in
> > > IE derive from Semitic sources?
> > > AJ
> > ========
> >
> > Sorry,
> > but I have never written that,
> > and I have clearly stated Semitic z_r_& and PIE *H2_r_H3 were
> > from a common source,
> > not that PIE was a borrowing from Semitic.
> > And I added what if it were the case, PIE should be *H2_r_H2.
> >
> > Arnaud
> > =============
> You're absolutely right, you did clearly say that you believe that
> Semitic *z_r_&- and PIE *H2erH3- are from a common source -- I
> misunderstood your drift from the beginning and neglected to correct
> my misunderstanding when you pointed this out. And I really don't
> know where I got the idea that you said that most agricultural terms
> in PIE come from Semitic -- all I remember is saying something like
> "what about the evidence of <to plow>, <to sow>, <to mow>, <to
> reap>, <scythe>, <sickle>", and some other words, i.e. arguing that
> these words were PIE and not of foreign origin -- I don't know how
> I thought "Semitic" instead of "foreign".
> I think I will have to take a break from posting on Cybalist.
> Almost everything I say is in error. Maybe my mind needs a break
> or a distraction. Hopefully I can come back at some point with some
> correct statements. Right now, it seems my opinions must be
> excluded, and I hope this doesn't all boil down to you know what!
> (kidding, kidding).

Don't be too hard on yourself. The rest of us aren't less fallible
than you, we're just more combative. Often it just boils down to
conviction that you're right, the other guy's wrong (not even kidding).