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Re: Island

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Sunday, May 14, 2000, 22:00
Jonathan Chang scripsit:

> hmmm, while we are at it, perhaps people on steppes were not as ignorant of > these ideas & words as one would suppose... if they travelled & traded over > long distances, they are bound to come into contact with lotsa new & > interesting experiences & new languages to borrow from, right???
Sure, but those words probably woudn't integrate themselves into the language core: different dialects (eventually to become families) would get different ones. We can conclude, e.g., from the lack of a common word for "iron" that the pre-breakup Indo-Europeans did not know iron, and this is confirmed by outside evidence. -- John Cowan I am a member of a civilization. --David Brin