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2009/5/21 Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets <[log in to unmask]>:
> Not exactly. What is rather happening is a diglossia: a tightly controlled,
> nearly dead language used mostly in writing, and a living, uncontrolled,
> spoken language that looks less and less like its written counterpart.
> Spoken French is very much alive and kicking. Written French can carry on
> zombieing around for centuries, seen how Latin managed to do so.

And will, no doubt, provide lots of material for future linguists to
reconstruct the evolution of spoken French based on the spelling
mistakes people make in written French.

Cheers,
-- 
Philip Newton <[log in to unmask]>