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Linguistic and Biological Systematics



On Sun, 3 Jun 2001 Dinogeorge@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 6/3/01 12:48:55 PM EST, david.marjanovic@gmx.at writes:
>
> << ...Latin and Ancient Greek are dead languages that don't change anymore...
> >>
>
> Cladistically speaking, Latin still exists in the form of its descendant
> languages Italian, French, Spanish, and so forth; likewise ancient Greek in
> the form of modern Greek. Just as dinosaurs still exist in the form of birds.

Not really; a language is more comparable to a species, and a language
family comparable to a clade. Romance still exists, but Latin doesn't
(except in academia and religion), just as _Dinosauria_ still exists, but
the ancestral dinosaur species doesn't.

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