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Nik Taylor wrote, quoting myself:

> > I imagine the language would evaporate very
> > quickly if their world changed in some
> > fundamental way (e.g. change in climate or
> > contact with another intelligent culture).
>
> The first I doubt it would "evaporate away", it
> would merely radically change.  Perhaps the
> event markers would become more arbitrary.

I meant that the permanence marker would
evaporate. For a generation of speakers, a large
proportion of items would be either unmarked or
marked in some neutral "I don't know" fashion,
and this would have a permanent effect on the
language.

Adrian.
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