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Paul Bennett scripsit:

> For example, I am willing to bet that this entire email message could be
> translated into any natlang, living or dead, and it could be readily
> understood by any person reasonably fluent in that language.

Provided it had the necessary modern vocabulary: there's no word for
"email" or "hominid" or "chimp" in Hittite.

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John Cowan   [log in to unmask]  http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
Most languages are dramatically underdescribed, and at least one is
dramatically overdescribed.  Still other languages are simultaneously
overdescribed and underdescribed.  Welsh pertains to the third category.
        --Alan King