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CHAT: OFFTOPIC: CHAT: "to speak X with someone"

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Friday, June 16, 2000, 14:40
I am collecting cross-cultural/cross-linguistic examples of the
form "to speak [name of language] with someone", in either of two metaphorical

1)      "to speak obscurely, unintelligibly" (English: "to speak Greek")

2)      "to speak clearly, to the point, without circumlocution" (English: "to speak
                plain English")

I would like original samples (in UTF-8 by choice, though I can convert)
and English literal renderings.  I have set Reply-To: to myself.


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