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Subject: Effect of seperation of people group on a common spoken languge
Question: I wanted to know if it would, at all, fit into a possible scenario, that two
groups of people could be separated completely for a few hundred
years and still understand each other. I'm not looking for a definite yes
or no, but I would like to know if it is plausible if they spent a much
longer time together before separation.

From: P Granda
Date: 02-Oct-2012
Replies:
  1. Re: Effect of seperation of people group on a common spoken languge    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (03-Oct-2012)
  2. Re: Effect of seperation of people group on a common spoken languge    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (04-Oct-2012)
  3. Re: Effect of seperation of people group on a common spoken languge    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (15-Oct-2012)

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