|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:
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.