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Crimean Gothic

From:Rob Nierse <rnierse@...>
Date:Monday, September 10, 2001, 12:48
I'm just back from a holiday, so sorry for my late reply:

John Cowan wrote on 7 sept:

>Everything that is known to be known about Crimean Gothic >can be found in the masterly summary by David Salo (of Tolkien >linguistics) at > >
Thank you for the information! Saves me the effort of looking trough the entire archive. ------------- From: "Thomas R. Wier" <artabanos@...> Subject: Re: slit fricative
>I don't know why they died out in our world either, but I do know that the >area was subject to intense geopolitical conflict in at the time between the Ottoman >Empire and Russia. You might say something like: the last speakers were not, >afterall, massacred by the Tsar's troops in the Russo-Turkish war of 1686, that they >were smart enough to see where the wind was blowing, and that they decided collectively >to work in the employ of the Tsar's service locally. As an ally of the tsars and a >counterweight to the Tatars who also lived in the Crimea, this would give them the >geopolitical advantage and would at least guarantee them a modicum of protection >from ethnic cleansing.
I'll make this part of the conculture. Thanks all for the help. I'll show something as soon as I have something to show. Rob