[b-hebrew] Explain it please

David Kummerow farmerjoeblo at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 10 18:33:47 EST 2007


1. Personally, I don't think I said I would not respond to Isaac ever 
again. Rather, I would not respond in the particular thread where I 
stated that I would not respond there again unless he sought to grapple 
with the serious linguistic problems with his ideas.

2. As such, since this is a new thread, I feel that I have the option to 
respond again to his assertions.

3. I have actually said nothing new anyway, just drew attention the 
continued avoidance of some fundamental linguistic problems with his ideas.

4. I offered some literature which relates to the issues of the new 
thread, which may be helpful to him or others as they seek to relate to 
the issues of the thread.

5. You don't have to attempt to guess my "worry" as I'll state it 
explicitly for you: I am not "worried that people might believe his 
ideas that are not accepted by mainstream linguists." Rather, I am more 
worried that people are tiring of his fanciful postings and tiring of a 
list which actually tolerates such postings which surreptitiously mock 
others' postings, do not deal substantively with issues raised by 
others, or neglect to provide evidence for his assertions contrary list 
rules. As such, I am worried that others in addition to Dr Lehmann are 
tempted to just move on. I know I am. Why should people have to 
"moderate" postings by creating filters in their email programs, as was 
suggested by the moderators?

David Kummerow.

> David Kummerow,
> You keep saying that you won't comment on Isaac Fried's ideas, and then 
> you keep commenting on them. I think you are worried that people might 
> believe his ideas that are not accepted by mainstream linguists. I think 
> anyone who is educated enough to read and understand his etymological 
> dictionary of Hebrew would be educated enough to know that his ideas are 
> not mainstream. Less educated people don't sit around reading 
> etymological dictionaries, and are not going to accept non-mainstream 
> linguistic ideas or even mainstream linguistic ideas.
> When I first read his ideas I did not understand them, and mostly I 
> still don't. His ideas are for people who are better educated
> in Hebrew, and they should be able to evaluate them, so you don't have 
> to worry. If they like them, then they probably understand that they are 
> not mainstream, and they don't mind.
> Kenneth Greifer

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