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Re: Isolating, Inflected, Word Building, ETC.

From:Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Date:Monday, December 5, 2005, 20:02
Henrik Theiling wrote:
> Hi! > > veritosproject@GMAIL.COM writes: > > ObQuestion: How come, if language has "evolved" for so long, does it > > still have so many quirky exceptions etc.? > >... > > I think it is typical to have some exceptions after such a process, > but from very few to very many, anything can happen. Natlangs > probably cover the full spectrum. >
As the old saying goes, "sound change produces irregularity, analogy restores regularity". And borrowing, esp. between related languages, can introduce irregularity.