GothicSp wrote:Theory: 1. A set of statements or principles devised to explain a group of facts or phenomena, especially one that has been repeatedly tested or is widely accepted and can be used to make predictions about natural phenomena.
Dictionary.com is a decent dictionary, not a great one, and certainly not my first choice of where to look when it comes to definitions of technical jargon.
GothicSp wrote:The second part says, 'especially', not that it's required. So according to you these are not theories? You have an interesting way of thinking.
The context is a scientific one (i.e. historical linguistics). Thus, it should be assumed that we're using the scientific definition of "theory"--you know, the one according to which gravitation is a "theory" and the Solar Nebular Model is simply a "hypothesis".
GothicSp wrote:I never said that the theories are definitely true, I just said that there are theories about it. I know too that the theories are mostly based on certain word-similarities in subjects like stones between Basque and an old form of a Caucasus language and that certain grammatical features also only occur in Basque and certain Caucasus languages, but it's too little to make big claims.
There are hypotheses linking to Basque to literally every known language group on Earth. (If you don't believe me, read Trask's The history of Basque sometime. Or just Google "Basque related to" and prepared to spend several hours wading through pseudolinguistic wingbattery.) So what?
GothicSp wrote:I didn't know this. Thanks for the information, but you could have said it in a more friendly manner.
Perhaps. But you definitely could've researched whether or not Celts once lived where the Resian dialect is spoken before asserting that they did.
It's fun to come up with hypotheses. But if you're not working as hard or harder to find evidence which disproves them as to find evidence which supports them, then you've left the realm of scientific inquiry and now you're just amusing yourself. Nothing wrong with that, but it's probably not of general interest to others.