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Re: Language Change

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Friday, January 7, 2000, 0:57
Ed Heil wrote:
> There's a special reason for Australain aboriginal languages to > change so quickly though: taboo. When someone dies, you must never > say his name again, *or any word that sounds like his name.*
Well, the taboo only lasts a certain period, right? Of course, it's not uncommon for the taboo word to simply drop out. -- "Old linguists never die - they just come to voiceless stops." - anonymous ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor