Scenario of language replacement

Steve Farmer saf at SAFARMER.COM
Wed Nov 8 11:53:54 EST 2000


I wrote carelessly:

> Indo-European languages
> didn't just replace earlier languages in northern South Asia in
> the second and first millennia BCE. They also replaced earlier
> languages in vast portions of Eurasia, including of course
> Anatolia, Greece, and the Italian peninsula.

I was thinking of language replacement in general not requiring
the incursion of large numbers of people, including cases where
one Indo-European language replaces another. Acculturation works
as efficiently as invasion -- as currently seen in the global
spread of English.



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