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Mat McVeagh scripsit:

>  You make it sound
> as tho languages are Darwinian rivals. Are they? Is there some way that some
> languages or language families are more 'fit' to survive than others?

Not specifically, but languages allow access to culture and technology,
so it often pays to learn the language of the dominant people, even
if they aren't your actual rulers.  See the popularity of English today;
certainly neither the British nor the American empire has ever had a
*policy* of language change (excepting for American Indians).

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