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Hybrid language?

From:Danny Wier <dawier@...>
Date:Saturday, May 26, 2001, 19:44
Forenote: Goblin might work.  Except I think of goblins being shorter than
humans, while my "orcs" are taller and stockier.  I might have to stick with
Orcs (the term was used in other games, including Shadowrun, a cyberpunk-type
RPG which influenced me greatly on "4hm").

I was looking at a website devoted to preservation of endangered languags and
revival of extinct languages, and I found something on a language called Ainu.
But not the isolate language spoken mostly in northern Japan.  This language is
spoken in Chinese Turkestan, and is reputed to be a language belonging to two
families: Indo-European (> Indo-Iranian) and Altaic (> Turkic).  SIL lists Ainu
as an Altaic and Turkic language.

The website listed the numbers from 1 to 2000, all or almost all of which are of
Persian origin.  Is the concept of a "hybrid" language a plausible one, even the
idea of a language belonging to two families?

(English is a hybrid of Germanic and Romance, so I guess it's possible on that


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