23 December 2009

The PCP website and other news

- The Continuity Theory workgroup has opened a new website (www.continuitas.org), replacing the old one (that means I had some extra work updating the links in my posts!). There is also a new 'official' name for the theory: it's no longer the PCT (Paleolithic Continuity Theory), but the PCP (Paleolithic Continuity Paradigm). In the new web-site you can find information about the members of the workgroup (Mario Alinei, Xaverio Ballester, Francesco Benozzo, Marcel Otte, Henry Harpending, et al.), and the main bibliographic references, including some downloadable articles. The introduction (The Paleolithic Continuity Paradigm for the origins of Indo-European Languages. An introduction in progress), has been updated.

- The second issue of Liburna has been published (November 2009), with some interesting articles and a couple of contributions of my own: brief reviews of F. Benozzo's La Tradizzione Smarrita and G. Costa's La Sirena di Archimede.



On the left, a picture of a Roman liburna. Museum für Antike Shiffahrt, Mainz (Germany).

- Probably, there'll be news about my doctorate studies soon.

I don't know if I'll write another post before the end of the year, so just in case: Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

3 comments:

Joan-Carles Martí i Casanova said...

Bon Nadal i Feliç Any Nou. El mateix dia que l'espieta em diu que has fet entrada nova passe a lllegir-la. Un plaer, com sempre.
Des d'Elx...

Octavià Alexandre said...

Des de Barcelona, també us desitjo un Bon Nadal i un Feliç 2010. Ja era hora de fer servir la nostra llengua en lloc de la dels ianquis.

Tornant a la mare dels ous, el nou web de N'Alinei i companyia m'ha semblat com un viatge de Gulliver.

Per example, sobre el nom IE de l'ós, repeteixen les tesis tradicionals de la indoeuropeanística, que estableixen que el PIE *H2rºtk´o- (comú a diverses famílies) va ser substituït al bàltic i al germànic per paraules "tabú".

En realitat no és així, sinó que aquests noms són arrels genuïnes que designen altres tipus d'animal:

balto-eslau *t-la:k 'ós' ~ altaic *t`ule(kV) 'guineu; llop' ~ semític *dalak’/g- ~ *dVk'al- 'marta; gat salvatge; linx' ~ PNC *dVlVgV 'un animal salvatge petit'

germànic *bir- (amb diversos suffixos) 'ós' ~ altaic *bí:re 'un tipus de predador' ~ afroasiàtic *ba(ʔ)rVw/y- 'llop, hiena, xacal'. D'aquesta arrel prové el castellà perro.

Jesús Sanchis said...

Hola Joan-Carles i Octavià, bones festes! It's nice to have a chat in Catalan here.

Octavià, as you know, IE names for the bear are discussed in another post (http://languagecontinuity.blogspot.com/2008/06/name-of-bear.html), in which you have already exposed your ideas and I have already replied. I'll copy what I wrote there:

"Octavià, I know you're fond of comparing distant 'proto-forms' and 'proto-languages'. Be careful: one day you might reach the conclusion that a dog is a cat... "

What else can I say? Are you happy with your unfalsifiable, long-range comparisons? Go ahead! Why not? It's ok as a hobby, but I'm not sure such an approach contributes anything useful to science.