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On Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 1:04 AM, R A Brown <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Garth Wallace wrote:
>>
>> On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 12:12 AM, R A Brown <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>
> [snip]
>
>>> I have nothing against such fantasies or collaborative projects per_se.
>>>  But
>>> by giving this alternative world a Brithenig name, it does, perhaps,
>>> suggest
>>> this is how _the_ alternate Brithenig time-line works out.
>>
>> Well, AIUI, it *is* how that timeline works out. Who's to say that in
>> a timeline where the inhabitants of southern Britain took to Vulgar
>> Latin, the Kurds would not have established an independent
>> nation-state,
>
> ...and, likewise, who's to say that it would?
>
> It may be senility on my part, but I fail to see what the connexion is
> between what we in Britain speak and whether the Kurds have an independent
> nation state.

My point is that that's irrelevant.

> Indeed, in our own time-line the Kurds may well have got their own
> independent nation state if the treaty of Sevres after WWI had been ratified
> and implemented. I am not aware that anyone has blamed the failure to ratify
> & implement the treaty on the fact in Britain most of us speak a Germanic
> derived language with a good dose of French & Latinate admixtures!
>
> The points I was making were:
> 1. _ill Bethisad_ is very different from what I understood Brithenig to be
> about in the very early days of its existence.
> 2. By giving the alternative world a _Brithenig_ name, it seems to me that
> it implies that _ill Bethisad_ is *the* alternative Brithenig timeline.
>
> (1) above is fact. It may well be that I misunderstood things from the
> start; that's another matter.  But the statement, as given, is fact -
> period.
>
> (2) is, I agree, more arguable. But surely, there are an (almost?) infinite
> number of possible time-lines in which Brithenig could have existed?

Of course, but nobody's going to work on all of them. This is the one
that Andrew et al. decided to work on. It's not necessarily the only
one, but it's the only one that "matters".