Language: The Chattering of Chimps or Babble from Babel?

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By Isaac Mozeson


Both options seem strange. Since Darwin’s The Origin of Species (1859) science assumes that, after millions of years of evolving mutations, some grunting apes became the gesturing Neanderthals, which led to Shakespearean sonnets. Happily, the floating, uniquely human hyoid throat bone also appeared, helping this species survive by lying, crooning, yodeling and rapping. (The world’s oldest hyoid bone was unearthed in Haifa).

Secularists have always considered it mythic that a Divine Engineer would factory-install a language program at Eden, creating the first modern humans. And that multi-national history was then to have been neurolinguistically kickstarted at the Tower of Babel, with 70 spin-offs which have since de-evolved into our 6,000 tongues.

Linguist Noam Chomsky proved that the human brain is hard-wired for language. He suggested that some super-intelligent alien engineered language. And recent linguists DO conclude that all Earth languages came from one universal language. But NOT that “recent West-Semitic language” called Hebrew.

The establishment Eurocentrists still support “origin unknown” for LAD (boy), even though Hebrew yeled and Arabic walid mean “boy,” and the root of birthing is Lamed-Daled. Genesis 11:1 has “kol aretz saphah echat” – coincidentally like WHOLE, EARTH, SPEECH… one (source of EACH). The new science of Edenics now has over 23,000 such “coincidences.” Edenics works with a Proto-Semitic, “Edenic” vocabulary where each root letter has the “genes” for the wide diversity of the world’s words.

Edenics doesn’t use kabbalistic formulae, only bread-and-butter stuff already used to link, say, French with Italian. So, Daled-Resh-Kahf, derekh (way, road) is echoed in the words for “road” in Russian (doroga), Australian Aborigine (turingas) and 40 other languages in the “DIRECTION” entry of our e-word CD dictionary. Moreover, the Gimel of garon (throat) can shift harder to a hard C or softer to an H. This is why EGRETS, CRANES and HERONS are all long-throated birds.

There are only a few hundred English-Edenic links as easy as rageel (usual) and ReGuLar. If one shifts the position of a letter instead of its sound, one knows why ReLiGion is about a spiritual path becoming a ReGuLar routine.

Instead of the divine dance of sense among sound, scholars assume that words are merely chaotic noises that we assign meaning to. But words traced back to Eden AREN’T meaningless sounds. Take mysterious animal names. In English, names like
1) GIRAFFE, 2) SKUNK, 3) GOPHER, and 4) HORSE are mere sounds. But in Biblical Hebrew, (Sephardic) Ayin-Resh-Phey, ghoref, means neck. 2) Tsokhen, stinker, gave the Indians that delightful creature’s name, 3) Khopher means digger, and 4) Horaish is plower. There's a large chapter on animal names from Eden in The Origin of Speeches:
From the Language of Eden To Our Babble After Babel (winter 2005).
Modern Hebrew has some bone-headed new animal names. When the guardians of Modern Hebrew had to coin a word for that crustacean, the CRAB, they went to the Old High German krebitz. This word is thought to mean “scratching,” even though crabs don’t scratch. The Academy then named the crab sartan, for scratching. (Samekh-Resh-Tet is the source of SERRATED). The scholars should have noted other creatures with exoskeletons, like the aqrab (scorpion). From qeren (horn) and Aramaic karpafta (skull) they should have seen a KR subroot of hardness. Koof-Resh-Bhet means battle and encroachment. So, nature’s lumbering, armored tank, the CRAB, should have been called a qarebet.

It was an animal, a little birdie, that whispered the whole Edenic concept into my ear back in 1978. I was a doctoral literature student, a published poet, stuck with a boring linguistics requirement at New York University. The professor demonstrated the genius behind reconstructing the so-called "Indo-European root” for the generic bird word. This never-spoken laboratory reconstruction was to show how Aryans emerged from a separate troop of well-groomed apes, without any (shudder) relationship to the “inferior” races, peoples and languages.

That theoretical, generic bird word was SPER. In second grade I knew a similar generic word for bird... tsipor. At the “SPARROW” entry one sees the Tsadi-Pey behind bird-related words for floating, spying, being covered (as in feathers), a talon, and chirping.

In Edenics every two consonants make a sound. Sound is energy. This is a science now, no more Humanities myths. Every sound carries sense. Therefore, if we examine the simple three-letter word for flower, Pey-Resh-Het or perakh, we can see that it is a combination of 1) P-R (botanical things, as in perot / FRUIT) and 2) the R-K element of fragrance, seen in reyakh (smell) or English REEK.

Here are two examples from the upcoming Japanese book. The SAMURAI, a storied warrior, was a royal guardsman. A guardian in Hebrew is a shomer. More often, the Japanese reverses the Hebrew. KARATE is an unarmed martial art. Therefore, kara means empty and te (pronounced tay) means hand. Reverse Hebrew raik (empty) and yad (hand) to get kara-te.

Are we naked but gabby gibbons, or have we divinely enhanced brains (Genesis 2:7) above an ape’s body? Were we engineered for speech, for literacy, perhaps even for Revealed moral instruction (G-d forbid)? Stay tuned. In our 21st Century culture wars, we will weigh in with the new science of Edenics.

Isaac Mozeson, www.homestead.com/edenics


Judy Montagu’s edits 1/13/05

Since Darwin¹s The Origin of Species in 1859, science has assumed that
After millions of years of evolving mutations, some grunting apes became the gesturing Neanderthals that eventually led to Shakespearean sonnets.
Happily, the floating, uniquely human hyoid throat bone also made an
appearance, helping this species survive by lying, crooning, yodeling
and rapping. The world¹s oldest hyoid bone was unearthed in Haifa.
Secularists have always considered it a mythical proposition that a
divine engineer would factory-install a language program at Eden, creating the first modern humans; and that multinational history would have been neurolinguistically kick-started at the Tower of Babel, with 70 spin-offs that have since de-evolved into our 6,000 tongues.
Linguist Noam Chomsky proved that the human brain is hard-wired for
Language and suggested that some super-intelligent alien engineered language.
And recent linguists have concluded that all Earth languages came from one universal language. But, they add, it wasn¹t that 'recent West-Semitic language' Hebrew.
Establishment Eurocentrists still support 'origin unknown' for the word
'lad,' even though the Hebrew yeled and Arabic walid mean 'boy' and the
Hebrew root of birthing is lamed-daled.
Compare Genesis 11:1 kol aretz sapha achat with 'whole earth speech
one' (achat (one) is the source of 'each').

A new science called Edenics, working with a Proto-Semitic 'Edenic'
vocabulary in which each root letter carries the 'genes' for the wide
diversity of the world¹s words, now offers over 23,000 such
'coincidences.'

Edenics doesn¹t use kabbalistic formulae, only bread-and-butter stuff
already used to link, say, French with Italian.
Thus derekh ('way') is echoed in the Russian word for 'road' (doroga),
the Australian Aborigine turingas and 40 other languages (see the
'Direction' entry in our e-word CD dictionary).
Moreover, the Hebrew letter gimmel in garon (throat) can harden to a
'c' or soften to an 'h' which is why egrets, cranes and herons are all
long-throated birds.

There are only a few hundred English-Edenic links as easy as rageel<
(usual) and 'regular.' Shift the letters around and 'religion' is about a spiritual path becoming a 'regular' routine.

Scholars assume that words are merely chaotic noises to which we assign
meaning. Wrong.
Take animal names. In English, 'giraffe,' 'skunk,' 'gopher' and 'horse'
are mere sounds. But in biblical Hebrew ghoref means 'neck'; tsokhen means 'stinker', khopher means 'digger,' and horesh is 'plower.'
There¹s a large chapter on animal names from Eden in The Origin of
Speeches: From the Language of Eden to our Babble after Babel.

IT WAS a little birdie that whispered the whole Edenic concept into my
ear, back in 1978. I was a doctoral literature student, a published poet, stuck with a boring linguistics requirement at New York University. The professor was demonstrating the genius behind reconstructing the so-called 'Indo-European root' for the generic bird word. This never-spoken laboratory reconstruction was to show how Aryans emerged from a separate troop of well-groomed apes.
That theoretical, generic bird word was sper. But wait a minute, I said. In second grade I knew a similar generic word for 'bird'... the Hebrew tsipor. That takes us to the well-known 'sparrow' and if you look up that entry you will see the tsadi-pey behind bird-related
words for floating, spying, being covered (as in feathers), a talon,
and chirping.
Every sound carries sense. Therefore, if we examine the three-letter
Hebrew word for flower, perakh, we see that it is a combination of 1) botanical things, as in perot = fruit, and 2) fragrance, seen in reyakh (smell) or English 'reek.'

Many foreign words become familiar. Most require simple letter shifts or reversals, but some are strikingly unchanged. For example, the samurai, a storied Japanese warrior, was a royal guardsman. In Hebrew, guard(ian)is shomer. A famous Hawaiian dance is the hula. Miriam danced a mahol at the Red Sea while beating a tamborine. The root is Het-Lamed, shaking. Like a waving hula, or a Middle Eastern belly dance in modest clothing.
This are mere coincidences, cry the skeptics, but Edenicists have 2,000 Japanese "coincidences" so far. The data is piling up from Amazonian Brazil, Lapland, and even Basque.
Do we come from naked but gabby gibbons, or have we divinely enhanced
brains above an ape¹s body? Were we engineered for speech, for literacy, perhaps even for revealed moral instruction, G-d forbid.
Stay tuned for the new science of Edenics.

Prof. Mozeson is the author of two dictionaries. His book The Origin of
Speeches: From the Language of Eden to our Babble after Babel will be
published in March.


Andrew Troup   7/1/2012 9:09:00 PM
To qualify as a science, Edenics would need to switch from trying to prove your hypothesis, to trying to disprove it, and failing. That's how science, done properly, works. In other words, you'd have to set up other competing hypotheses, other proto-languages, and look for coincidental links with the same methodology and degree of assiduity. If there were (say) only one fifth or one tenth as many coincidences for the best of the competing hypotheses, you could be onto something.

Andrew Troup   7/1/2012 9:01:00 PM
"There are only a few hundred English-Edenic links as easy as rageel (usual) and ReGuLar." I think this betrays that you are working backwards, looking for evidence to support an interesting, but preordained, conclusion. Done with sufficient energy and application, this process is usually "successful", regardless of causal connections or factual merit. The world provides an infinite number of "coincidences" which are not causally connected. "Regular" entered English from Latin in the 1300s and meant pertaining to a religious rule (regulus) as opposed to secular. Over time it came to be broadened to anything (including secular and natural events) which followed a rule or order, and from that came also to signify repeating at uniform intervals. (in other words, following a mathematical rule) It is only relatively recently, and emanating primarily from changes in usage in the US*, that "usual" has become a competing primary meaning. *(although this influenced writers who travelled in the US, like Charles Dickens)

Bee   4/18/2012 7:10:00 AM
I've seen this concept applied to Chinese writing where each symbol in a word forms something else.

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