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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... *Muke! --