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Subject: Re: Tartessian 2
From: Carl Edlund Anderson <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scholars and students of Old Irish <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 6 Aug 2011 11:54:50 -0500

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Zeidler's paper sounds particularly interesting.  I remain intrigued by the "Celtic from the West" hypothesis - in the sense of an evolution of a Celticky flavour of IE along the Atlantic seaboard in the later Bronze Age -- though I think I would be inclined to think of it separately from the "Tartessian is Celtic" hypothesis (as the Tartessian stuff is, of course, considerably later than any "Atlantic Bronze Age Celtic" would be).  It looks likely to remain controversial, though!


On 06 Aug 2011, at 11:45 , lenore fischer wrote:
> Dennis King <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> I'm just curious whether his work on this new text has changed any minds.
>> Dear Dennis and everyone,
> Here as promised are brief comments on the papers presented at Maynooth.
> The abstracts were all on the Congress website.
> *1. Koch, John (Aberystwyth) ‘A Celtic Verbal Complex in Tartessian?’*
> Handout has very detailed translations of the inscriptions: I can scan and
> send this to  anyone who’s interested.  In the questions afterwards Joseph
> Eska remarked that he still wasn’t convinced that Tartessian is even
> Indo-European. Pretty withering, really.
> *2. Zeidler, Jürgen (Trier) ‘Celtic from the West or Celtic from the East’*
> Utterly damming, though very measured and quiet delivery.  Analysis of words
> common in Celtic and proto-Celtic languages found ‘birch’, beaver’, ‘swan’,
> ‘chicken’, sieve’, ‘flesh hook’, ‘gorse’ ‘holly’ all have referents not
> present in the Iberian Peninsula during the period in question.  (But Koch
> says flesh hooks were.)
> *3. Collis, John (Sheffield) ‘Celtic from the West? a Critique’*
> **Collis was too anxious to draw blood to be a balanced refutation; he
> largely targetted Cunliffe’s use of classical sources, also ranted a lot
> about ethnicity.  Koch got very agitated and in the questions afterwards
> said he’d never argued anything about ethnicity at all.
> So I guess the answer to your question, Dennis, is that no, it doesn't seem
> to have changed the minds of academics, and if anything, Barry Cunliffe's
> contribution has set people against the theory.

Carl Edlund Anderson
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Department of Languages & Cultures
University of La Sabana
Chía, Cundinamarca, Colombia

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