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
Actually, what was used in WWII was a *code* based on Navajo, not the
colloquial language as such.
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