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Oxford Handbook of Corpus Phonology

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Offers the first detailed examination of corpus phonology and serves as a practical guide for researchers interested in compiling or using phonological corpora

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The Languages of the Jews: A Sociolinguistic History

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Indo-European Linguistics

New Open Access journal on Indo-European Linguistics is now available!

Query Details

Query Subject:   Most Conservative Language
Author:   Pete Unseth
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Historical Linguistics

Query:   A reporter recently asked me, "Which of today's languages is most like its ancestor?" What he wanted to know is: speakers of which of today's languages would be able to go back in time the farthest and be able to communicate verbally?

I suspect it is a language with a written heritage. Any speculation would be welcome. If the replies warrant it, I will post a summary.

Pete Unseth

Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics
LL Issue: 16.2215
Date posted: 20-Jul-2005


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