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Re: 2 Things: One Interesting, One Not

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Sunday, March 3, 2002, 17:31
Peter Clark scripsit:

> One little nit: is Maltese really a linguistic isolate? I had always assumed > that it was related to Arabic.
It is either a dialect of Arabic or a daughter language of Arabic, depending on your definitions. (Chadic Arabic is about as remote from Modern Standard Arabic as Maltese is, but nobody calls it a separate language.) -- John Cowan To say that Bilbo's breath was taken away is no description at all. There are no words left to express his staggerment, since Men changed the language that they learned of elves in the days when all the world was wonderful. --_The Hobbit_