Re: [elfling] Digest Number 2085
- In Elfling message 30485
> The theory that A-stems have present-tense forms in -ea is based on aHelge, you might retain a shred of credibility on matters Elvish if you
> specific interpretation of a single example, and is (somewhat
> curiously) rejected by the very person who first presented this
could manage to stop lying about what others have said even just once
Since as you yourself note I was the one who stated that there is
evidence that _orea_ is likely a present-tense form of this verb as an
_a_-stem, it would indeed be strange if I really had in turn "rejected"
the notion that _orea_ is an _a_-stem present formation, as you lyingly
claim -- which fact would to any rational individual be the first clue
that what you're saying makes no sense and is in fact completely
untrue. You alas seem not to qualify.
But in fact, my criticism is and has only ever been that from this
_single, specific_ example of _orea_ you derive entire paradigms of
present-tense forms for every derived verb you can lay your mitts on,
and even go so far as to imagine that wherever Tolkien has a derived
verb _not_ in _-ea_, he must have intended an aorist meaning. The
criticism is thus part and parcel of my general criticism of your
bankrupt, unscholarly "methodology" of running roughshod over facts and
ignoring both counterevidence and the reality of the nature of
Tolkien's languages and their invention.
Carl F. Hostetter Aelfwine@... http://www.elvish.org
ho bios brachys, he de techne makre.
Ars longa, vita brevis.
The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.
"I wish life was not so short," he thought. "Languages take such
a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about."