LINGUIST List 14.1908

Thu Jul 10 2003

Disc: Re 'Celtic Found to Have Ancient Roots'

Editor for this issue: Karen Milligan <karenlinguistlist.org>


Directory

  1. Steve Hewitt, Re: 14.1825, Media: NYT: Celtic Found to Have Ancient Roots
  2. William J Poser, Re: 14.1876 "Celtic Found to Have Ancient Roots"

Message 1: Re: 14.1825, Media: NYT: Celtic Found to Have Ancient Roots

Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2003 07:52:09 -0400
From: Steve Hewitt <s.hewittUNESCO.ORG>
Subject: Re: 14.1825, Media: NYT: Celtic Found to Have Ancient Roots

See a review of the article in Le Figaro of 9 July 2003:

http://www.lefigaro.fr/cgi/edition/genimprime?cle=20030709.FIG0242

Best,

Steve Hewitt
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Message 2: Re: 14.1876 "Celtic Found to Have Ancient Roots"

Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2003 17:47:46 -0400 (EDT)
From: William J Poser <wjposerunagi.cis.upenn.edu>
Subject: Re: 14.1876 "Celtic Found to Have Ancient Roots"

Larry Trask wonders why this paper was published in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA,
a journal not commonly read by historical linguists. I
suggest that there are two reasons. The first is that
since it is unlikely that any linguistics journal would
publish such tripe, the authors had to find a journal
that was either unrefereed (as PNAS used to be) or that
is unlikely to use referees with competance in the relevant
area. The second is that publishing in a "science" journal
gives the false impression that the work is necessarily
of good quality.

- 
Bill Poser, Linguistics, University of Pennsylvania
http://www.ling.upenn.edu/~wjposer/ billposeralum.mit.edu
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