Re: Mutant English take two
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 30, 2004, 20:08|
From: Tristan McLeay <zsau@...>
> On Tue, 27 Jan 2004, Gary Shannon wrote:
> > English was once a single spoken language of a large
> > group of Earth humans and had, therefore, a single
> > manner of producing verbal sounds to convey the
> > language audibly. But, of course, not all sentient
> To the best of my knowledge, that's never happened.
It's actually a disturbingly common phenomenon if you count those
languages which have precisely one speaker left. Of course, you
are right in that English has never been so cursed.
Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally,
Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right
University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of
1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter.
Chicago, IL 60637