Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Ancient Signs The Alphabet and the Origins of Writing: epubli Publisher Pages Now Available in English Language

The Berlin publisher -- epubli -- of my recently published book,
Ancient Signs The Alphabet and the Origins of Writing,
now has its pages up in English
for those of you who have been considering
getting a print or ebook copy of Ancient Signs.

The English-language pages are now at
while the German-language pages are at

Happy reading!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ancient Signs: The Alphabet and the Origins of Writing

Ancient Signs: The Alphabet and the Origins of Writing
by Andis Kaulins is now available in 4 versions
(b/w, color, and both of those also as ebooks)

In Ancient Signs, the author traces the origins of writing and the alphabet to syllabic writing systems in ancient cultures and shows that these have one common origin.

Ancient Signsprint b/w version black and white inside
B/W inside
200 pages, 90 gram paper
Price: €35.99 (about US $47 on day of posting)
for the B/W print version of Ancient Signs
Ancient Signs traces the origins of the alphabet to syllabic writing.
Softcover - print b/w, cover in color

Ancient Signs
eBook b/w version black and white version
B/W inside
200 pages
Price: €27.99 (about US $37 on day of posting)
for the B/W eBook version of Ancient Signs
Ancient Signs traces the origins of the alphabet to syllabic writing. Ancient Signs

color print version color inside
COLOR inside
200 pages, 150 gram glossy paper
Price: €149.00 (about US $196 on day of posting)
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Ancient Signs traces the origins of the alphabet to syllabic writing.
Hardcover - print and cover in color Ancient Signs
color eBook version color inside
COLOR inside
200 pages
Price: €39.99 (about US $52 on day of posting)
for the color inside eBook version of Ancient Signs
Ancient Signs traces the origins of the alphabet to syllabic writing.

Enjoy Reading.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Power of a Second Language: Are Bilinguals Smarter?

New studies show that learning a second language (or more) may make you smarter.

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee has the story at the New York Times in The Benefits of Bilingualism

Friday, December 09, 2011

Lie Detection in Speech and Language Processing

Anne Eisenberg reports at Business Day at The New York Times that Lie-Detection Software Is a Research Quest in speech and language processing.

Gee, that would surely beat juries in law and would perhaps knock out as many as 99% of all political candidates.

Who would be left?

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Origin and Etymology of the Names of Northern European Peoples: Scandinavians, Scots as Possibly Deriving From SGOTH "boat, skiff"

Did the Scandinavians and Scots take their names from an ancient Indo-European word SGOTH, SKUTA for "boat, SKIFF"?

MacBain's Etymological Dictionary of the Gaelic Language has:
a boat, skiff, a Norway skiff; from Scandinavian - Danish skude, Norse skúta, a cutter, small craft.

of an RCAHMS photograph 1930s of a "galley" on a carved panel,
St Clement's Church, Rodel, Isle of Harris

We read under Scota at the Wikipedia:
"Scota, in Irish mythology, Scottish mythology, and pseudohistory, is the name given to two different mythological daughters of two different Egyptian Pharaohs to whom the Gaels traced their ancestry, allegedly explaining the name Scoti, applied by the Romans to Irish raiders, and later to the Irish invaders of Argyll and Caledonia which became known as Scotland."

Ancient seafarers?

Under Scoti we read:
"Scoti or Scotti was the generic name used by the Romans to describe those who sailed from Ireland to conduct raids on Roman Britain.[1] It was thus synonymous with the modern term Gaels. It is not believed that any Gaelic groups called themselves Scoti in ancient times, except when referring to themselves in Latin.[1]
In the 5th century, these raiders established the kingdom of Dál Riata along the west coast of Scotland. As this kingdom expanded in size and influence, the name was applied to all its subjects – hence the modern terms Scot, Scottish and Scotland."
The currently posited etymology for Scoti is quite obviously wrong for the simplistic ignorance of its etymological suppositions:
"The origin of the word Scoti or Scotti is uncertain. Charles Oman derives it from the Gaelic word Scuit (a man cut-off), suggesting that a Scuit was not a general word for the Gael but a band of outcast raiders. In the 19th century Aonghas MacCoinnich of Glasgow proposed that Scoti was derived from the Gaelic word Sgaothaich. It has also been suggested that it comes from the Greek word skotos (σκότος) meaning darkness."

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

About Linear B and Other Things that Matter from As a Linguist....

A broadly penned post at As a Linguist in Dash-dot-dash-dot…oh, never mind inter alia covers a bit of Linear B and focuses on the personality of its initial decipherer, Michael Ventris.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Linguistics: Culture More Important for Language Development than Linguistic Rules

Amina Khan at the Los Angeles Times reports on research in linguistics that Culture trumps biology in language development:
"Researchers construct evolutionary trees for four linguistic groups and conclude that cultures, not innate preferences, drive the language rules humans create – contrary to the findings of noted linguists Noam Chomsky and Joseph Greenberg."
The lesson here for linguists is that foolish consistencies are the hobgoblin of....

Read the full article.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Linguistics, Law and Democracy in Europe

Research and Markets at asks in Linguistic Diversity and European Democracy:
"What role does linguistic diversity play in European democratic and legal processes?"
Read the article here.

ONE Original Language for All Humans Suggested in Just Published Article at the Journal "Science"

Gautam Naik at the Wall Street Journal in The Mother of All Languages reports on a recent article in the journal "Science" which covers a study pointing to a single original-original language for all humans.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Hebrew Language: Its Relation to Indo-European in Light of Daniel Sivan, Grammatical Analysis and Glossary of the Northwest Semitic Vocables in Akkadian Texts of the 15th-13th C. B.C. from Canaan and Syria

Franz Bopp, the founder of comparative linguistics, as well as August von Schlözer, who coined the term "Semitic" only 200 years ago, saw ancient Indo-European connections to Hebrew. I have examined some word groups below and draw attention to the following sources, especially to the work of Daniel Sivan, work which I have studied but which is -- surprisingly -- not sufficiently known in the linguistic world, to the detriment of modern linguistics, whose understanding of the ancient languages of the Ancient Near East and including the Egyptian hieroglyphs would profit greatly if they simply read and applied Sivan's findings!

Major References: (Library Volumes)

  • Botterweck et al., Theologisches Woerterbuch zum Alten Testament (in 8 volumes), Verlag W. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart (standard work)
  • Jenni and Westermann, Theologisches Handwörterbuch zum Alten Testament, Chr. Kaiser Verlag, Munich, 1976 (in 2 volumes)
  • Wilhelm Gesenius, Hebraeisches und Aramaeisches Handwoerterbuch ueber das Alte Testament, 18th ed., Springer Verlag, 1995.
  • Daniel Sivan, Grammatical Analysis and Glossary of the Northwest Semitic Vocables in Akkadian Texts of the 15th-13th C. B.C. from Canaan and Syria, Volume 214, Alter Orient und Altes Testament, Verlag Butzon & Bercker Kevelaer, 1984, based on the El-Amarna Tablets, The Alalah Tablets (Level IV), The Akkadian Texts from Ugarit (Ras Shamra), and The Tacanak Tablets
    "Here are the changes found by Sivan in the Northwest Semitic Vocabules which every linguist should examine in the future:
    •  i/e, u/a, i/u, aw>o
    • ay>e
    • i+u>u
    • i+a>a/i
    • uw>u
    • iy>i
    • i+i>i
    • i+e>e/i
    • assimilation of vowels to bilabial consonants
    • assimilation of a short vowel to a long vowel following it
    • vowel assimilation in words not beginning with '
    • a shift of a>o (this is also found in Indo-European where most words beginning with S in Latvian are SA- but are found shifted in Greek to SU-) 
    • ana>una (look at Lithuanian ana)
    • dropped vowels as a result of stress shift (in Latvian, where all words are stressed on the first syllable, the initial vowels following the initial consonant are pretty resilient -- but they start to disappear when stress is shifted to later syllables and short vowels disappear more quickly than long ones)
    • a shift of b/p, p/m, m/n
    • many changes among the dentals - going from fricatives or palatalized dentals to simple sibilants or simple dentals
    • shift of n/l
    • assimilation of R, L and N to the consonant following
    • nazalization of n
    • shift of s>sh
    • shift of w>y at the beginning of a word
    • y/w dropped between vowels
    • y is dropped at the beginning of words in certain cases
    • ya>a/i
    • assimilation of y to the consonant following it
    • - etc.
  • Muehlenbachs and Endzelins, Latvian-German Historical Dictionary

    Examine the following word groups as samples.


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