Babel (was Re: Dutch Treat (1885))
Mark A Mandel
mam at THEWORLD.COM
Sat Nov 9 03:56:48 UTC 2002
On Thu, 7 Nov 2002, James A. Landau wrote:
#> The prima
#> facie evidence for onomatopoeia seems fairly good. How widespread is
#> this one worldwide?
#You may be right about onomatopoeia but your suggested evidence is tricky.
#If "babble" occurs in a number of languages, then it is probably due to the
#Book of Genesis, which is known worldwide.
That depends on a whole lot of things. F'rinstance, if (and I have no
idea) Sanskrit contains a word like "babble" and meaning about the same,
it is probably not from a Biblical source. I don't KNOW about any of
this; I was suggesting an alternative origin for "Berber" to the
"barbaros" source that someone (sorry, don't remember who) posited, and
pointing to a possible line of inquiry.
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