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Re: Language Change

From:nicole perrin <nicole.eap@...>
Date:Sunday, January 9, 2000, 22:10
daniel andreasson wrote:
> > Markus Miekk-oja skrev: > > > I don't think the taboo lasts for alot more than one > > generation...if not they tell their kids "Never, ever > > say these words: Eve, Ed, Bill, Eric, Anne, Alain, > > Roland, Marcus, ... > > Why would they? If no one uses those words, the kids never > hear them, they won't learn them and probably won't go around and > say them. Unless they spontaneously come up with new > words just for fun and one of them happens to be > a taboo word. Which is kinda unlikely. >
I was going to mention this too, but then I realized that Markus also specified that this applied to a group who had also mastered the art of writing (it's snipped in Danny's reply and I no longer have the original message), so if the kid reads it, he'll learn the word, and maybe say it, etc. We're talking about Australian aboriginal languages, right? *Did* they have a written language as well? Nicole -- -- "They look like white elephants," she said. "I've never seen one," the man drank his beer. "No, you wouldn't have."