# Paired Horse and PIE breakup

H.M.Hubey hubeyh at MONTCLAIR.EDU
Mon Nov 9 01:11:56 UTC 1998

```Dominique.Thillaud wrote:
>
> Dear Mark,
>         You wrote (Sat, 7 Nov 1998 00:35:44 -0500):
> >Doesn't this sound a little like ...
>         But, few time before (Fri, 6 Nov 1998 23:45:21 -0500):
> >I am a computer scientist and engineer.
>         Hence, I'm able to suppose you have some knowledge of combinatories
> and statistics:
>         - assuming that for each word there is a score of synonymous or
> quasi-synonymous (lying in the same semantic field) and twice many
> metaphores.
>         - assuming that for each "sound" there is an half-dozen of "little
> like" sounds.
>         You're surely able to compute how many "good" correspondances could
> be found between any two languages: incredible!

PIck up my paper on the topic on my web site. That is for exact matches.

With a semantic shift of N, and a phonetic similarity/shift of M, the
average number is N*M times the calculations shown in my paper and my
book. Since the average is 1. The average, providing "leeways", is
simply
about multiplying this number by some constant. One way is N*M as I
showed above. I am sure that everyone can do multiplication, even you.

>         With such methods and a touch of imagination, fabulous historical
> conclusions can be obtained:
> < Ancient dwellers of England were highly attracted by Roman girls and made
> < currently razzias to obtain them. That's proved by "woman < romana" and
> < "girl < clara" (fair complexion).

Maybe this could be obtained by people whose capabilities are about as
high as yours, but certainly not by me :-)

I know more about probability theory than sophomore level combinations
and permutations.

>         In the same way, you have good forebears: A counsellor of Hitler
> (better to forget his name) gave him a good reason to invade England: they
> were all Jewish, as proved by "Saxon < Isaac-son".
>         There is no doubt that "Turcs in Etruria" is in the same vein.
>         Regards,
> Dominique

Little bit more sarcasm, even if only to prove that you are upset about
something quite serious.

> Dominique THILLAUD
> Universite' de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France

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Best Regards,
Mark
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