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From:    Tristan McLeay <[log in to unmask]>
> On Tue, 27 Jan 2004, Gary Shannon wrote:
> > English was once a single spoken language of a large
> > group of Earth humans and had, therefore, a single
> > manner of producing verbal sounds to convey the
> > language audibly. But, of course, not all sentient
>
> To the best of my knowledge, that's never happened.

It's actually a disturbingly common phenomenon if you count those
languages which have precisely one speaker left.  Of course, you
are right in that English has never been so cursed.

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