I think it is quite possible - Haitian Kriole is derived from French, and French is still widely spoken. Tok Pisin is derived from English and a number of Papua New Guinean languages, and both English and the Papua New Guinean languages are still spoken. It's a matter of social context. What are the social contexts of this parent and these daughter languages? In one of my conworlds, I have a conlang called E'rava and a derived trade language called Tana'la - nearly everybody understand Tana'la; E'rava is still spoken as the common language of the area and triple city where it developed. Though it is now developing in Tana'la-tinged ways that irritate the hell out of the aristocrats who view themselves as the defenders of the language-faith. ( " ' " indicates the major stress; E'rava has primary syllable stress; Tana'la has penultimate syllable stress; consequently words tend to "warp", and consonants tend to get either voiced, or devoiced, depending on just where they are in proximity to the stressed syllable.) I think it's possible - dig into English dialects - wish I knew just what books existed so I could recommend them to you - but English dialects - and probably other well-studied European, Middle Eastern, Indian and Asian languages - will be of most help in this. Wesley Parish On Mon, 16 Nov 2009, John Lategan wrote: > Hello everyone, > > I'd like to ask a few questions regarding language evoulution within a > conculture. > The conworld is similar to earth and, for the moment, time is the same as > earth-time. The first trace of language appeared about 5 000 years before > the 'present'. > > So, now for my question: > Can a parent language exist as an every-day language in one nation; while > its daughter languages are spoken in neighbouring nations? > rephrased: Does a parent language have to die for its daughters to be used? > A real-world example would be: Latin being spoken at the same time as > French, Italian, Romanian &c. > > My second question is: > If a language evolves, is it likely that it will loose case in favour of > prepositions? > I know Icelandic still has 'intense'-case, but solely because it is so > isolated and wasn't influenced. If a culture is not isolated, and the > language evolves, will it loose most of its cases (eg: the Causal, > ablative, instumental and comitative cases)? > > please answer as if this language existed on earth, and survived/ evolved > realistically. > > thank "youse" > John Lategan -- Clinersterton beademung, with all of love - RIP James Blish ----- George Kelischek - "To impress those high-tech computer types, tell them what an Ocarina really is: an animal-activated-solid-state-multi-frequency-sound-synthesizer." ----- Mau e ki, he aha te mea nui? You ask, what is the most important thing? Maku e ki, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata. I reply, it is people, it is people, it is people.