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Responses by Isaac Mozeson

FAQ: How could every dictionary in the world and all the language experts in the world be wrong, and your new “Edenics” project be right about all human words being related through Biblical Hebrew or “Edenic?”

Mozeson. New evidence forces new perceptions. In the 1930s the world’s experts denied that the Earth’s continents were once connected. Then came the submarine and undersea photography … and the experts were proven wrong.

Edenics has overwhelming new evidence that human language was intelligently designed, at Eden, and purposely diversified, at Babel. But this new science should not have to be new. It should be centuries old and well established. But scholars avoided the clues because of racial and religious prejudice. The first linguists in the 19th Century believed that Aryans evolved language from different, read “better,” monkeys than did the “unrelated” Jews, blacks and Asians.

The “new” Edenics thesis is straight out of Genesis 11:1. The academic establishment automatically feels that anything in the Bible is wrong. The Genesis-Edenics thesis is echoed in pre-historic beliefs by the Chinese and Maya: that a divinely created, universal language was divinely diversified

FAQ: As documented in The Origin of Speeches, there now are language scholars who accept the concept that there once was a universal language. They say it evolved naturally, and broke up naturally, and that it wasn’t Semitic. On what basis does Edenics make the claim that this theoretical “Proto-Earth” language from 100,000 years ago was Proto-Semitic?

Mozeson: The numbers are way off because the “I Love Lucy” evolutionists of the “Out of Africa “ school of voodoo anthropology want to believe that speaking humans evolved from primitive knuckle-walking Africans and apes. Our topic is not hominids but modern, speaking humans. Genesis has no problem with hominids. The Creation date of 5,766 years is only about the first speakers, Adam and Eve. The Tower of Babel incident. was traditionally to have happened in the year 1996 after those first speakers received their factory-installed Proto-Semitic/ Edenic language program. All humans would still think in Edenic even though the output stage got garbled. This neuro-linguistic Big Bang of language diversity broke up the Edenic language, kickstarting multi-linguistic, multi-national human history as we know it.

Did grunting ape-men evolve a new bone by random mutation so they could whisper sweet nothings? Only speaking, modern humans have the delicate bone floating in our throats called the hyoid bone. The oldest hyoid bone enabling speech that was ever found was NOT dug up in Africa but in the Carmel Caves near Haifa, Israel. If someone wants to speculate about the oldest human language NOT being Semitic, they had better come up with an older hyoid bone from somewhere else.

FAQ: Most of our 6,000 languages are relatively recent. Even Latin came way after the alleged Tower of Babel story in Genesis. It is little wonder why scholars think of The Tower of Babel episode as an imaginative myth to explain so many languages.

Mozeson: Of course. That universal language that our common ancestors spoke in Eden, thus Edenic, was diversified or spun-off into seventy variants, the 70 national divisions listed in Genesis 10. Only the ancestor of Latin was formed then. By natural means, Latin broke up into Italian, French, Spanish and so forth. The Big Bang of language diversity happened at Shinar, much later to be known as Babel. Language diversity began then, but is ongoing. In much the same way, continent drift had its Big Bang when the single land mass was broken up into continents at the Deluge . But continental drift continues today.

The dating of the writing down of the Tower of Babel narrative has nothing to do with
the dating of this prehistoric event. Genesis should not be confused with journalism.

FAQ: Since Edenics follows the story in the Hebrew Bible, why not call this theoretical language of Adam and Eve “Hebrew?” Why coin the language “Edenic.?”

Mozeson: Back in the 1980’s it was just called “Hebrew.” But by now we know that “Proto-Semitic” is more accurate. “Edenic” signifies the pre-Babel language spoken well before Abraham, the first Hebrew. There are Semitic roots preserved in other Semitic languages, including extinct ones that must be considered Edenic. The advantage of documenting words with a Hebrew Bible citation is that the meaning and antiquity are easily verified. This can’t be done for a Ugaritic word found in a stone fragment.

The world’s words for WOLF is not from the later Hebrew wolf, but are forms of the older, generic word for canine, KeLeBH (dog). KeLeBH is older Biblical Hebrew, and is more like other Semitic dog words. Apparently, there was only one pair of canines on Noah’s Ark. Diversity of the species, along with the need for new canine names, came afterwards. Proto-Semitic or Early Biblical Hebrew are terms that are too academic or divisive. “Edenic” is not only far more accurate than “Hebrew,” but it brings us back to a time when there were no national, racial or linguistic differences in the human family.

FAQ : The Origin of Speeches is an anti-Evolutionary answer to Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species. But didn’t you just have canines evolving into wolves, hounds, foxes or coyotes?

Mozeson. Of course there were diversity and new sub-species among the creatures charged to survive and thrive in new environments. There were no accidental mutations, with 99.9% of them unfit for survival. The Intelligent Designer gave the early canines, humans and words all the genes to diversify and adapt to new environments and needs. One branch of KeLeBH, stressing the L-B, became Latin lupus (wolf), which later gave rise to the Spanish wolf, lobo.

FAQ: Besides the European languages, Edenics cites many words from remote corners of the globe. Does the Edenics project involve people who speak all these language?

Mozeson. Only a few key Edenics researchers around the world actually speak exotic languages. There are some who live in Alaska, Venezuela or New Mexico who have an interest in the native languages near them. Most of our data come from dictionaries where the words are spelled in English letters. Edenics is focused on sound and sense, so foreign fonts and extraneous grammatical forms are done away with. Readers are to come away knowing that all humanity make similar sounds for similar meanings, because we were, and will again be, a unified family.

FAQ: Does Edenics want to be the new Esperanto?

Mozeson Not at all. Vive la difference. But we all can understand that we think and speak only because of our common ancestors and common Intelligent Designer. Practically speaking, if one learns the Edenic word DaReKH (direction, way, road) one knows words of similar meaning and music in scores of “unrelated” languages.

FAQ: Do you yourself have an international background? And what is your Hebrew background like?

Mozeson: I was born in British Columbia, and I was in Israel as a baby for a year. My parents spoke English at home, with a touch of Yiddish. I went mostly to Hebrew Day Schools in my childhood in Massachusetts. I still have trouble trying to spell “forward” with an R or two. Besides Hebrew and some Aramaic, I only had French and a little Latin in school.

My most important foreign language lessons came from my children.
We were living in Greenwich Village, NYC, and I had begun my obsession with language when we adopted a two-year old boy from El Salvador in 1981. He asked to close the luna. Luna meant “moon” according to my Spanish dictionary, from Edenic LeBHaNaH (moon). I couldn’t put out the moon. But LaBHaN is white, as in the silvery moon, so I was able to figure out that in his Indian dialect luna meant a light. This helped me think more creatively and thematically, and to realize that dictionaries are limited.

Two years later we adopted an eight-year girl from Hong Kong. Her only English word was “McDonald’s”. I began to see how many of her “mistakes” in English were hard-wired. At the table she’d say “pass the life” instead of “pass the knife.” I tied this in with the Mandarin vs. Cantonese dialect switch, with one saying “Nay ho ma?” (how are you?) and the other saying “Lay ho ma?” (how are you?). I learned that the N-L letter shift, unknown in the West, was deep in the brain. And so must be the letter shift shifts that turn Edenic HahR (hill, mountain ) into English HILL or Russian ghora.

FAQ: According to that Jerusalem Post op ed in your introduction to The Origin of Speeches, this whole project began accidentally, even reluctantly?

Mozeson. True. I did not want to take Linguistics in graduate school. It was a requirement I needed to complete my coursework for the doctorate in English literature at N.Y.U. I entered grad school with a typical reverence for my professors. But I left with the knowledge that academics are seriously lacking in things Semitic and Biblical.

FAQ: If you already had The Word dictionary in 1989, 1995 and 2000, why didn’t you keep expanding this instead of writing The Origin of Speeches? How are they different?

Mozeson: The data in The Word are twice as long now, available in CD and as a download. OOS first classifies and organizes all that data from English, its sources and unknown cognates, discussing the thesis, and examining aspects of Babel-babble like letter shifts, nasalization, and metathesis. There are special topics like word families and animal names and a dozen more that will have to wait for the next book

The Word was begun in the mid-Eighties. I was going to postpone other projects until retirement from teaching. When I had a life-threatening disability in 1997, I suddenly had the time to work on these projects.

FAQ: The Origin of Speeches recalls the initial excitement around The Bible Codes
phenomenon. Why won’t Edenics be a similar flash in the pan?

Mozeson: It was too easy to find whatever one wants in the codes. Mathematicians showed that even a phone book can be made to have a similar oracular ability. Even with only seven basic letters that can shift root position, the odds are millions to one that 100s of similar Edenic words mean the exact same family member in English, body part in Japanese or topographical term in Quechua (Inca) – to mention categories of words that are never borrowed.

FAQ: Edenics claims that its etymologies provide superior sources that what we have in our dictionaries. Isn’t Latin dormir, to sleep, a more straightforward etymology than Edenic RaDaM, to sleep, for the word DORMITORY?

Mozeson: Yes, the Latin and French are more immediately historical, and more “straightforward.” But it is worth knowing that DRM was bent from RDM, the original “sleep” word gifted to our ancestors in Eden.
RDM is a meaningless sound we use to signify sleep. It would seem that humans are merely more sophisticated signal speakers than dolphins.
But Resh-Daled-Mem is the chemical compound or haiku where RaD (to go down – source of ROOT) is added to DahM (silent – source of DUMB). To slump into SLEEP, Latin dormir, therefore, means to “go down into silence. “ Our pre-Edenics understanding of language lacks science, poetry, spirituality and common sense.

FAQ: Our Culture Wars, and specifically the debate over Intelligent Design, were hot enough before The Origin of Speeches came out. Who are some of the authorities that support Edenics, and who are those that oppose this thesis?.
Mozeson Back in the 1980s the first well-know etymologist to support this work was Dr. Joseph T. Shipley. He authored The Dictionary of Word Origins and The Origins of English Words. The greatest Semitic scholar of that generation was Dr. Cyrus Gordon. He also saw that the field of language history was being exposed as an emperor with no clothes. Unlike Shipley, he passed away without giving Edenics a written endorsement. He was justly afraid that all his graduate students would be blackballed by the vindictive champions of Free Speech who run the universities. There are prominent proponents like classicist Louis Feldman and New Testament scholar David Bivin, but the most famous scholar to take sides is a bitter opponent. Since the 1990s M.I.T. Professor Noam Chomsky was behind attacks on The Word in academic journals, and even forced the editor of a chain of Midwest Jewish newspapers, The National Jewish Post & Opinion, to drop an Edenics column. Amazingly, this world-class linguist and anarchist had to write a negative review for Amazon.com where he put absurd words in my mouth. The same tactic was done, and finally apologized for, by the amateurs at the Take Our Word For It website, but Chomsky shows that Edenics is powerful enough to disturb the greatest linguist of all time.

Kong Esther   11/27/2011 12:15:00 PM
Great info! Praise God!

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