Darwin-L Message Log 4:44 (December 1993)

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<4:44>From c.lavastida1@genie.geis.com  Fri Dec 10 09:09:52 1993

From: c.lavastida1@genie.geis.com
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 93 14:49:00 BST
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
Subject: Re: extinction and speciation

here that linguistic change is decay. It's merely change. Spanish,
 Portuguese, French, Italian, etc. aren't decadent Latin; they're varieties
 of modern Latin.
 My interest was in the influence of portuguese-gallician and provencal-
catalan on castillian (the closest to Latin of either). I think it must be
specially relevant, since the former languages, while outside of the Muslim
area of direct conquest, are both older and contain less muslim words than
castillian. I would imagine that Andalusian castillian pronunciations and
drift reflect the arab influence most closely.
 PS. The comment on decadence was not on the definition of change but the
description of an imbalance.

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