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Re: OT: Piraha

From:Lars Finsen <lars.finsen@...>
Date:Thursday, April 19, 2007, 9:38
It sure is interesting. But the language seems so deficient that I
think it must be a result of some disaster eliminating the tradition
bearers of the tribe, or even the spread of a mutation affecting the
language functions. Alternatively it may be that this kind of
simplifications are a result of living all your life in a simplified
environments like a jungle with abundant food everywhere, or in the
middle of a big city. Traditions, especially those requiring an
effort, are simply forgotten because they are not needed.