Darwin-L Message Log 4:31 (December 1993)

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<4:31>From GGALE@VAX1.UMKC.EDU  Thu Dec  9 17:24:53 1993

Date: Thu, 09 Dec 1993 17:28:00 -0600 (CST)
Subject: Re: DARWIN-L digest 88
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

A silly question came to my mind after reading Nelson's interesting question,
and its equally interesting responses. Couldn't a language, whether extinct
or pseudoextinct, be brought back to life? [sort of a linguistic 'Jurassic
Park' maybe?] Take Latin, for example. Surely enough 'fossils' and other
specimens of Latin exist that a rich linguistic context could be supplied to
any community that desired--for whatever reason--to raise its upcoming
progeny as native speakers of Latin? Wouldn't that count? I mean, I suppose
we could dig far enough to find some technicalities to rule it out a Real
Latin; but it seems to me that maybe this might be a case of bringing
something back from the Dead.
Puzzled in KC

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