Comparative linguistics--advantage--criteria desired

Michael Witzel witzel at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Sat Mar 18 03:57:11 UTC 2000

PK Manansala:
>For example, someone writes
>"it came straight from the horse's mouth."  Herr Witzel, in a future
>life still as an historical linguist, might interpret this as meaning
>present day rishis were able to actually talk to horses.

Tuan/Señor Manansala is wrong, comme l'habitude:

rather, a philologist -- (I am not a linguist by profession, incidentally,
though I have a
lot of training in that area) --  will soon find out that this is a saying.

Derived, no doubt, like all Anguli-sthaana speech and folklore, from the
real horse's mouth, given by the ancient Rishi Dadhyanc Atharvana, to the

These, incidentally, are the ancestors of the English subgroup of the Druhyu
that emigrated from India. Too bad that  Talageri etc. did not notice it: the
first Englishmen are  Hengist ('stud', German: Hengst) and Horsa...

All Hail to these Thanes!


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