Re[2]: [tied] Re: searching for common words for all today's langua

From: Brian M. Scott
Message: 43334
Date: 2006-02-09

At 2:00:35 AM on Thursday, February 9, 2006, Patrick Ryan wrote:

> From: Brian M. Scott<mailto:BMScott@...>
> To: mkelkar2003<>

>> "LUIGI CAVALLI-SFORZA: When we took all the (genetic) data
>> from American natives, they clearly fell into three
>> classes, and they correspond exactly to the linguistic
>> families that have been postulated by Greenberg."

> Cavalli-Sforza is not a linguist. (Cavalli-Sforza has in
> fact demonstrated rather startling linguistic ignorance.)

> [snip more non sequitur]


> Cavalli-Sforza has never claimed to be a 'linguist';
> nor has anyone, of whom I am aware, claimed that he is
> either. I am sure he does not want to be one!

Kelkar made the claim that 'Greenberg's work on AmeriInd
family is well accepted by linguists'. When I told him that
this is not the case, he responded with by quoting C-S.
Either he was indulging in pure non sequitur, or the
quotation from C-S was somehow supposed to support the claim
about linguists. Obviously it does not, so I pointed this
out to him.

All of this was still visible in my post from which you
quoted above. I so not think it an accident that you
snipped the context that makes sense of the whole exchange,
thereby making your own misrepresentation a little less