(Fwd) Re: Incorrect information (cont'd)

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at univie.ac.at
Thu Sep 6 19:36:44 UTC 2001


kmatsum at tooyoo.l.u-tokyo.ac.jp wrote:

> Dear Johanna,
> Though I understand your sentiment, some of your statements go so far that
> they sound even "nationalistic".
> >- Or do they use incompetent informants (problems caused by the notorious
> >"near-native speakers" have surfaced at least in the discussion pertaining
> >to vowel quality, quantity and tone in Estonian)?
> Sounds interesting.
> At the same time, I would like to point out that the alleged existence of
> "the fourth grade" in Estonian is a myth supported by some leading FULL
> NATIVE-SPEAKER linguists.
> Is there a universally acceptable criteiron for destinguishing between
> an untenable "statement" about a language made by an "ignorant/incompetent"
> non-native-speaker linguist and an audacious, but obviously wrong "hypothesis"
> proposed by a "competent" native-speaker linguist?
> >- And, last but not least, is there anything we Uralists could do to
> >propagate true knowledge ;-) of "our" language family?
> This "our" attitude seems to be the most obstinate "myth" of Uralic
> linguistics :-)
> Regards,
> Kazuto Matsumura
> From "the outside world"

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