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Subject: 'Correct' language in pre-literate societies
Question: Is there any concept of ''correct'' language in pre-literate societies
where spoken communication must be understood as a series of
sounds rather than words? Is there any concept of grammar, even if
only on an instinctive level?

From: Richard Durkan
Date: 07-Oct-2012
Replies:
  1. Re: 'Correct' language in pre-literate societies    James L Fidelholtz     (07-Oct-2012)
  2. Re: 'Correct' language in pre-literate societies    Henrik Joergensen     (08-Oct-2012)
  3. Re: 'Correct' language in pre-literate societies    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (13-Oct-2012)
  4. Re: 'Correct' language in pre-literate societies    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (15-Oct-2012)

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