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Edo Nyland's site is unfortunately down. He has a very... eccentric theory about how Basque is the ancestor of all languages. He is apparently serious. I found some info here. He can take a word, any word in any language, and show how it is a corruption of Basque:

Example: Punjab
.pu - un. - .ja - ab.
ipu - uni - ija - abe
ipuinezko - unibertsal - iaio - abegion
legendary - universal - cheerful - hospitality
"Our cheerful hospitality is legendary and universal".

Tal-mud
tala - mudapen
look out - alteration
"Look out for alteration" or "Pass on unaltered"

Knossos .k.-.no-os.-.so - os.
eka - ano - osa - aso - ose
ekarri - ano - osakor - azoka - ozen
to provide - food supplies - healthy - open air market - noisy
"The noisy open-air market provides us with healthy food supplies.

library: .li-ib.-.ra-ari
.li - eli - elizdiru - religious duty
ib. - ibi - ibili - to acquire
.ra - ira - irakaskuntza - education
ari - ari - arrigarri - marvellous, admirable
It is your religious duty to acquire a marvelous education.

fortuna, .fo-or.-.tu-una
.bo - abo - abogadu - lawyer
or. - ora - orratio - surprise
.tu - atu - atutxa - better world
una - una - unai - cowherd
"The lawyer's surprise (opened up) a better world for the cowherd".
 
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What this really proves is that you can take any contention and, by judicious selection and manipulation of the various facts and theories about it, "prove" it is true.

There are many examples including: http://www.alaska.net/~clund/e...latearthsociety.htm; http://www.ufos-aliens.co.uk/cosmicapollo.html; http://marlowe-shakespeare.blo...eare-authorship.html

I reckon this theory is simply another example of BBB* in operation

*Bullshit Baffles Brains


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I have run across Edo Nyland's proto-wacky "theory" before. You can still access the site from the Internet Archive site (link). Language isolates (e.g., Ainu or Basque) are strange attractors.

Basque abogadu 'lawyer' is obviously a loanword from Spanish from the Latin advocatus. But playing along with Nyland's comparative-historical "method", Basque abogadu is from English:

a.bo.ga.du.
a = after
bo = boat
ga = garnished
du = dues
'ambulance chaser'

Thew fact that he has lawyers in Neolithic Europe is frightening enough.

You can also read parts of his book Linguistic Archeology at Google Books (link). I also noticed he has a Facebook page.

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