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Subject: parent and daughter languages
Question: I have read in several publications that the further the daughter
language is from the ''epicentre'' the less change it undergoes. (I am
not thinking of isolated language communities eg welsh in patagonia,
but mainstream eg romance languages in europe) why is this?

From: Carolyn Llewelyn
Date: 11-Oct-2012
Replies:
  1. Re: parent and daughter languages    James L Fidelholtz     (13-Oct-2012)
  2. Re: parent and daughter languages    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (15-Oct-2012)

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