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Re: USAGE: Fänyläjikyl Inglyx

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, December 11, 1999, 1:52
Roland Hoensch wrote:
> > Language change is a fact of reality... English will change/split.
English will change. Splitting is less likely as long as widespread communication remains.
> Jamaica and India keep the language only out of habit
Jamaica doesn't have any other language than Jamaican English. India has hundreds of other languages.
> and could care less if their dialect distanced further/became > recognized a language of its own.
Actually, there's a movement in Jamaica to have it recognized as a language.
> but (even if not between the > three main English Countries, Britain, Canada, America; others will be > unlikely to make special effort to conform their language to that of > foreigners.)
It's a common phenomenon that when speakers of two dialects are in communication, their dialects will become more similar. That's why Latin didn't break up into different languages until Rome fell, because while the Roman Empire lasted, but when the Empire fell, the different parts stopped communicating, and so the Hispanic dialect evolved into Spanish and Portuguese, the Gallic dialect developed into French, Occitan, etc. Of course, it may be that some dialects of English will split off (or remain split off) if they remain in marginalized positions (i.e., 3rd world). -- Today: 809/8/25 1/3/14/4/21 ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor