Re: NAT/CONLANG: "Lone gene linked to language skills"(wasRe: Is "ma" Proto-World? )
|From:||Muke Tever <mktvr@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 31, 2003, 12:35|
From: "J Y S Czhang" <czhang23@...>
> In _The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language_ by John McWhorter,
> McWhorter writes:
> "... Like animals and plants, languages change, split into subvarieties,
> hybridize, revivify, evolve functionless features, and can even be
> genetically altered [YiPPie!]. The analogy continues in that languages, like
> animals and plants, can go extinct [ :/] ."
I think it is the words that are like animals; a language is more like a species
of animal. Or, possibly, a habitat, with synonyms as animals in different
habitats sharing the same biological niche... um...