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Stop it all ! It's a case of emergency !

From:Philippe Caquant <herodote92@...>
Date:Thursday, April 29, 2004, 10:17
I just saw a terrible television report (no joke).

According to American scientists, about 70.000 years
ago, there was a huge volcanic eruption in Sumatra.
The consequence was a catastroph at the planet scale,
among others for mankind: only some thousands people
might haver survived it (this conclusion came from
genetic studies).

If this is true, those people were our direct
ancestors, and probably they talked the same language,
and this was our original language (die Ursprache !).
At least this is probable, since the one who survived
probably lived in the same place.

But wait ! Yellowstone, in the USA, is also a
super-volcano, similar, or worse, than the Sumatra
one. Scientists said it erupts every 600.000 years...
and the last time was 600.000 years ago.

See what I mean ?

Today, or tomorrow, Yellowstone will erupt, and the
whole mankind will be reduced to a few thousand people
again. And probably they will speak the same language,
and it's not sure at all it will be English... (Maybe
Chinese ?) And everything will start from new again.

Shall we hope that there is a margin of uncertainty
of, say 1%, in this terrible prevision ? That would
leave us, well... about 6.000 years more to discuss
about linguistics.

Anyway, stay prepared.

Philippe Caquant

"High thoughts must have high language." (Aristophanes, Frogs)

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