the issue of finding proper criteria to evaluate etymological studies (a reply to Anna Dybo & Yuliya Normanskaya)
Mikhail Zhivlov (Russian State University for the Humanities,
Journal of Language Relationship, № 7, 2012 - p.136-152
Abstract: The paper suggests a formal approach to the evaluation of the quality of works on etymology, based on an algorithm of consistent and thorough analysis of all the levels of comparison. As an illustration of the opposite approach, the authors analyze a recent review of the monograph [Normanskaya, Dybo 2010], which, as they conclude, pays too much attention to criticizing the particulars without taking the whole into account.
Keywords: proto-language reconstruction, Uralic languages