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Linguistic Archaeology: An Introduction

Linguistic Archaeology: An Introduction [Kindle Edition]

Edo Nyland
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This book is about the invention of ancient names and words. Virtually everyone's name hides an agglutinated shorthand sentence which can in most cases be recovered, as is explained with hundreds of examples. The technique of decoding and translating many Ogam inscriptions found in Ireland and Scotland is explained. Invented languages are discussed in detail and their relationship with the universal language of the Neolithics is shown.

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Edo Nyland, doing research in the fields of Linguistic Archaeology, is digging artefacts of language. In this book Linguistic Archaeology: An Introduction, he lets us take part in his adventures of recovering stone-age and medieval history by analysis of language.

Analyzing the place names of the Odyssey, he made the interesting discovery that names and words may be interpreted as a shorthand, having been agglutinated from core words of the Basque language. He identified a subset of the Basque language, the core words of which have come through five millenia in almost unchanged form, as the nearest equivalent of the neolithic universal language which has been spoken in Europe and the Near East before the 'babylonian speech confusion.'

Applying his new decoding method to names and words from many other language families, he arrived at the startling result that words of ancient languages like Sanskrit and Sumerian as well as of modern European languages like English, Spanish or German, can be decoded by the same method into Basque sentences revealing hidden meaning. This discovery is supporting the hypothesis of monogenesis of languages, according to Genesis 11.1: " the whole earth had one language..."

As ancient words and names have come with meanings attached to them which cannot be substantiated by the hidden meaning decoded from them, a great deal of falsified or censored history can be recovered, revealing that many languages have been invented from the universal language, according to Genesis 11.7: "...come, let us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another's speech."

Also by Edo Nyland:
Odysseus and the Sea Peoples: A Bronze Age History of Scotland

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  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing (6 July 2006)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not great 14 July 2012
By DS199
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I thought this book would satisfy an interest I have in the late neolithic people and the languages of the time. While it does offer a lot of interesting history and possibly some progress into an existing and exciting theory, the scale of Edo Nylands beliefs greatly surpasses the probable truth.

He seems to have simply discovered a formula (to his great ignorance) for creating something out of nothing and applied it every language that suited him, using a Basque dictionary that suited him. And he doesn't speak Basque, or any of the other languages that he talks about, which makes him seem even more like a forester (his previous occupation) than anything else.

It's not to be taken with absolute seriousness, but certainly with an open mind. But don't buy it if you think the price is too much, because you will not be satisfied.
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At the end of this review Amazon will ask you, whether this review has been helpful to you. In order to be helpful, the reviewer should help you finding out whether you will or will not enjoy the book, rather than telling his personal opinion about it.
In order to estimate your reading pleasure or your reservations about this book, we have to check your attitude to official science: Please check the following statements:

#1. The models/theories used by official science to describe observable phenomena of the world are the best alternative available at the moment. Only specialists of official science are able to develop such models.

#2. Today's scientific beliefs are the superstitions of tomorrow. In order to overcome current scientific beliefs, you have to be a nonconformist. There are more nonconformists among amateurs than among established scientists.

If you agree with statement #1, then you will probably not be amused by Edo Nyland's book. Edo Nyland is an amateur linguist; many of his theses are controversial to those of current linguistics and his argumentation is not restricted to linguistics, but is interdisciplinary.

If you are aware of the fallacies of some scientific models, but are in doubt whether amateurs could do a better job than specialists, then you should first read the book of

Frederico Di Trocchio: NEWTONS KOFFER. Geniale Außenseiter, die die Wissenschaft blamierten. Campus, Frankfurt/Main, 1998, ISBN 3-593-35976-6,

in order to see which important contributions to science came from amateurs.
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1.0 out of 5 stars New age, not academic. 21 Jan 2014
By Rebecca
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I bought this as an ebook, and have deleted it from my kindle. Noithing to do with either linguistics or archaeology, as I understand them; rather a thesis on how everyone in some highly romanticised 'earlier time' all spoke the same language. Badly written, poorly argued and based on thin air.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Plumbing the Depths of Human Stupidity 16 Aug 2010
By Marc - Published on
I've never seen anything as ridiculous as this book. Nyland doesn't speak Basque. (Let that sink in for a second.) Instead, he spends hours paging through "the best Basque dictionary" to find words that fit his mad-scientist theory that all languages come from Basque, each syllable in every word being derived from a part of some Basque word. That some of the "Basque" words he finds are obvious borrowings from Spanish (e.g., 'eboluzio' from 'evolución'), thus rendering his "proofs" circular, doesn't daunt him, much less the fact that he's clearly using a modern Basque dictionary in his quest to prove the Basque provenance of thousand-year-old inscriptions in some cases. (This is like saying that an instance of the word 'bit' appearing in Beowulf (written in Old English) should actually be interpreted to mean 'a piece of information' because that's one of the definitions in a modern English dictionary.) Linguistic crackpottery doesn't come in a much purer form than this.
33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars another example of an untenable approach 17 April 2002
By Mark Newbrook - Published on
Nyland's book describes a vast project involving the 'theory' that almost all languages were concocted out of Basque roots - analysed in terms of (a) a highly speculative system of syllable patterns and (b) alleged close links between Basque and a primeval 'Saharan' language. Much of this exercise is seen as part of an enormous Catholic Church conspiracy during the Dark Ages, aimed at obscuring the true history of humanity and concealing the replacement of ancestral goddess-worship by artificial religions with male deities. Nyland started from some obscure etymologies in Homer, and went on from there to Ogam script and eventually to Basque and the development of a novel general account of early human language. There have been many other amateur proposals of this kind, but Nyland is unusual in (a) not himself being of the favoured language background and (b) claiming that most non-Basque languages were initially not real at all. He has read more widely in linguistics than most such authors and cites in his support not only other amateurs but also very controversial near-mainstream figures (such as Gimbutas and Landsberg). But he has clearly misunderstood the genuine mainstream positions of Ringe and other scholars (whom he despises) on the nature of historical linguistics; he wrongly represents his own work as more scientific in character than theirs. I have the following summary comments: 1) The analysis of words and syllables into Basque roots involves huge amounts of extrapolation, in respect of both forms and meanings; on this basis, similar cases could be made out for almost ANY language as the source, and none of these could be 'disproved'; 2) The 'theory' implies that vast numbers of etymologies, synchronic analyses (grammar etc), genetic links between languages etc which are very well-established are all either concocted or simply illusory; 3) There is no known case of even one entire language being concocted along with an extensive literature; the requirements of the Church would not be sufficient to warrant labour on this scale, even supposing that it was feasible. In the absence of clear evidence that these events actually occurred, the proposal can thus be eliminated by Ockham's Razor. In addition, Nyland's reliance on fringe sources - and occasionally on religious texts - generates various factual errors.
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange but interesting 28 Jan 2014
By James M Donahue - Published on
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Presents several novel ideas about the evolution of modern European and Mediterranean languages with little or no background or references for the development of his ideas, Seems a bit thought provoking, but very idiosyncratic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This is worse than Dan Brown 19 Nov 2008
By Earl L. Langguth - Published on
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Edo Nyland lives in his own make beolieve world, and has no knowledge worth sharing. I would advise bypassing this book. I wish I had.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking 2 Aug 2013
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This book provides an interesting and well thought out theory on how languages evolved. Makes alot of sense to me.
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