It was, naturally, with great interest that I began to read the paper of my generally esteemed colleague (Palin 2008) recently published in this generally esteemed journal. It was with a saddened heart that I finished reading. As previous authors have mentioned (M.Adam 2008, Palin 2008), the editors of this journal seem to have lost their senses, and need to re-
Adapted from Palin 2008.
As is clear to any student of military history, the additional constraint that explains the comparative uncommonness of pivots is the co-
I note at the outset that Palin is correct in noting the general downward population trend as a result of successive pivots. However, his ludicrous claim that additional layers of center-
To take things back about as far as we can take them, we need to return to examine in some gory detail the history of each of the language groups included in Küçük’s original sample. It might well be that a close reading of Sun Tsu’s The Art of War would shed light on the even earlier prehistory of these groups, but as I cannot read Japanese I will not undertake that here. By now, readers of this woeful series are well-
E speakers (once they had creolized adequately, see Palin 2008) migrated militaristically from the Mam urheim (which has been shown by relatively recent archeological discoveries (Xiu 3997 BCE) to be somewhere near the PIE urheim) into southwest China. After a period of relative peace with their Taic neighbors, they were Austrocized and pivoted into Papua New Guinea as the Ere, but further armed conflicts led to an even greater reduction in their population, and the last remaining speaker strategically retreated to Australia and elaborated himself into Erre.
The Manam population remained with the main Mam group through an initial migration south into (one can readily surmise) modern Kenya, where an old grudge resurfaced and led to a split, with the linguistically conservative Mam speakers moving westward to settle in Guatemala, while the Manam group pivoted toward the east and landed eventually in Papua New Guinea (not so distant, in fact, from their Ere cousins). Up to this point this branch of the family would nearly qualify as pacifists, apart from their habit of clear-
In fact, of all the Mam descendants, only the Manam achieved real military dominance, and they did so spectacularly, multiplying their population in fantastic fashion and eventually conquering a vast stretch of territory in South Asia, where they pivoted and became the Malayalam. (Palin’s claim that there must be less than 1,000 speakers of Malayalam is just one of the utterly ludicrous evidences of scholarly ineptitude with which that so-
On a final note, I must say that M.Adam’s (2008) assertion that Mam, et al., are descended from the fabled Boobboob tongue is intriguing, but ultimately unmotivated by the facts. Her folk etymological derivations of the various language names in her article are similarly amusing, but also ultimately unmotivated by the facts. On the other hand, I will agree with her generalization that Malayalam speakers are generally both live and evil.