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In Search of the Indo-Europeans
by J.P. Mallory

Review by Hringari Óðinssen

       This book is a compilation of all previous comparative linguistics, edited by the author to reflect his opinion on the matter and what he presents as the most up-to-date conclusions (1980's).
       Mallory does, to his credit, dismiss many of the antiquated theories on the 'migration age' by illustrating their views and then pointing out their weaknesses. He also gives a good tight explanation of 'Proto-Indo-European', which is an entirely manufactured language based wholly on conjecture. PIE is based on what have been determined to be common root forms found throughout the southern European basin, including constructed languages dating back to the Hittite, and spanning from Cairo, across the Tigrus valley, to Delhi and up the steppes. In fact, there are very few entirely unrelated languages on the planet, Chinese being one example.
       Various diagrams of overlapping root forms are presented, pointing out isoglosses and stems that may either coincide or vary according to the known phonology of the language family in question.
       I personally feel that all this goes to prove that mankind as a whole is endowed by the gods with specific wave patterns that are in fact the actual vibrational forms of the objective manifestation, and the manner in which these are expressed are entirely dependent upon the paradigm of the tribe involved. For example, the object 'horse' has a specific wave pattern inherent to it. This pattern is expressed at the base level with a specific sound. This sound is an audible expression of the object. In reality it is the object.
       What are factors involved in the tribal distinctions/language variations and therefore the varying expression of the base sounds? Perhaps the gods inherent in the that particular tribe. They are the 'archtypal' patterns of the tribe's paradigm, therefore they are the structure of the filters through which each tribe expresses itself audibly....

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