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> > In a message dated 11/11/98 8:50:54 PM, [log in to unmask] writes:
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> > >On your languages page, you have a family tree of languages, but a lot
> > >of the languages are connected to two ancestors.  How is this possible?
> > >Languages only ever have one parent language, tho there may be lots of
> > >influence from another.
> >
> > Well these languages did have 2 ancestors....basically the speakers of 2
> > different languages moved into the same area and each group learned some of
> > the other language, and the two languages mixed over time.  That's really
> > never happened?
> >
> > Josh
>
> It sure has happened.  The Tutsis and Hutus of Ruanda speak the same language
> now, but spoke completely distinct languages (belonging to separate language
> families) when they came together a few hundred years ago.  So it is possible
> for languages to meld even when the speakers retain separate tribal identities
> and separate           .

Thank you--that makes me feel much better :-)

Josh

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