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Germanic (wasRe: Stress Borrowing?)

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 19, 2003, 8:15
en mem0 dii 2003:03:17 04.29.19 gozen, cowan graeffii:

>In my scarcely-unlimited set of examples, I can think of none that >look like that, unless indeed Germanic "caught" its heavy initial stress >from some unknown substratum language. Germanic does in some ways look >like a creole of Indo-European....
Hey, IMO/AFAIK that sounds like an Essentialist definition: Germanic is essentially a direct descendent of an Indo-European creole ;) Hanuman Zhang, MangaLanger Language[s] change[s]: vowels shift, phonologies crash-&-burn, grammars leak, morpho-syntactics implode, lexico-semantics mutate, lexicons explode, orthographies reform, typographies blip-&-beep, slang flashes, stylistics warp... linguistic (R)evolutions mark each-&-every quantum leap... "Some Languages Are Crushed to Powder but Rise Again as New Ones" - title of a chapter on pidgins and creoles, John McWhorter, _The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language_ = ! gw3rra leg0set kaka! ! riis3rva, saIlva, riikuu, sk0pa-g0mii aen riizijk l0! = (Fight Linguistic Waste! Save, Salvage, Recover, Scavenge and Recycle!)