Kelley, E. Morgan Books

Metaphorical Basis of Language a Study in Cross-Cultural Linguistics, or the Left-Handed Hummingbird
1992 0-7734-9534-7
Recognizing the device of hidden meaning in a language opens up new possibilities in exploring the prehistoric past. This books presents some mechanisms for deciphering such hidden or lost meanings and uses that to introduce a series of essay on language history change. Chapters include: Reworking Early Glottochronologies; The Peoples of the Ankh (Deciphering Tribal Names); Amerindian Origins; The Petroglyphs at Tule Lake (An Exercise in Archaeo-Semiotics); The Shaman Motif in the Great Basin; The Historical and Linguistic Background of Nostratics; The Scytho-Semites; Consonant Transformations (Beyond Grimm's Kreislauftheorie); more.