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Subject: What language is this?
Question: http://tattoosstyles.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/spine-tattoo-3.jpg

What language is this and what does this phrase mean? If you don't
know, how would I go about finding the answer to my questions?

Reply: Hi, Divya,

Well, I tried various ways of clicking on the URL, and they all
came back with 'Page not found'. Either Dr. Pyatt had better luck
than I did, or the site does not accept such consultations from


James L. Fidelholtz
Graduate Program in Language Sciences
Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades
Benem'erita Universidad Aut'onoma de Puebla, M'EXICO
Reply From: James L Fidelholtz      click here to access email
Date: 10-Jan-2014
Other Replies:
  1. Re: What language is this?    Norvin Richards     (10-Jan-2014)
  2. Re: What language is this?    Elizabeth J Pyatt     (10-Jan-2014)

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