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Re: THEORY: irregular conlangs

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Monday, October 4, 1999, 18:06
On Sat, 2 Oct 1999, John Cowan wrote:

> Sally Caves scripsit: > > > No wonder Navajo was made the code language for the military. > > Yup. Difficult to learn, practically no one outside the U.S. can > speak it fluently, and it is borrowing-resistant like German, > so there isn't even a hope of guessing at the content by using > loanwords -- there are hardly any loanwords to guess at. > Oh yes: the accent of a non-native speaker is instantly obvious, > because the native accent is rather unvaried and extremely > crisp.
Actually, what was used in WWII was a *code* based on Navajo, not the colloquial language as such. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga "All grammars leak." -Edward Sapir