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Title: Re: Review: Historical Linguistics: Levin
Submitter: Saul Levin
Description: Re: Review of Semitic and Indo-European II in LINGUIST List 15.1554 (http://linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-1554.html).

I, Saul Levin, author of both volumes of Semitic and Indo-European, avail myself now of the invitation to respond to Robert Mailhammer's review of Volume II. I take issue, above all, with his misleading quotation, near the end of his last paragraph:

One does not have to go as far as R[uediger] Schmitt (1966) in his review of the first volume (Kratylos 41, 201-205), who says "Die Zeit fuer die Lektuere dieses Buches is vertane Zeit" (Reading this book is a waste of time).

Mailhammer fails to mention that I had already refuted, at length, Schmitt's nasty slur. And I had called attention to my refutation on p. 228 of Volume II, as I gave there (in fn. 97) the title and the page numbers of my article, "What does Cognate mean? In reply to Alan Kaye and other reviewers of Semitic and Indo-European: The Principal Etymologies," General Linguistics, 36 (1999[1996]), 257-269.

Mailhammer ought to have looked up this article, before he judged all of my research almost - if not quite - as harshly as Schmitt had done. Any reader of LINGUIST List, if he or she wishes, may receive from me an offprint of that article, and of any other which I cited in the books that I have written.

Nowhere does Mailhammer even hint that he LEARNED, from any chapter of mine, something that he did not know beforehand. Instead, he keeps blaming me: I should have more thoroughly incorporated all the findings of the prior scholars. He is unwilling to use my cross-references, and thus to come across some detail that might interest him; it is my fault, because I did not make it easier.

Dr. Saul Levin
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Ancient and Classical Languages
Classical and Near Eastern Studies Dep't., LT-1109
SUNY - Binghamton University
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
Date Posted: 16-Feb-2005
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
LL Issue: 16.470
Posted: 16-Feb-2005

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