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At 20:57 06.4.2000 -0800, Mike Adams wrote:

>Demotic=Egyptian late, actually a writing form.

Greek term for "popular" as opposed to Úlite.  It is e.g. used for one of
the two varieties of modern written Greek,

>Koine=Greek, can be a term for a lingua franca!?

Greek term for "common", commonly used by linguists to denote varieties
arisen through dialect leveling.

>Prakit=Indo-Aryan? Decendent of Sanskrit?

The term is commonly used with reference to the Middle Indo-Aryan
languages.  The idea of the Sanskrit grammarians was that the Prakrits had
"grown forth" (the literal meaning of _praak.rta_) from the Vedic language,
while Sanskrit had been "put in order" (again the literal meaning of
_sa.msk.rta_) by the grammarians.




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