> Nik Taylor wrote: > > > 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. > > Maybe so; my source (Trask's _Historical Linguistics_) only mentioned > the phenomenon in passing and didn't mention a time limit on the > taboo. I don't think the taboo lasts for alot more than one generation...if not they tell their kids "Never, ever say these words: Eve, Ed, Bill, Eric, Anne, Alain, Roland, Marcus, ... (and a list of everyone that has died since they invented the art of writing)" Though that'd be a rather nice feature too.