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Re: Linguistic and Biological Systematics
I hate to be OT, but Modern Greek is closer to ancient Greek than Latin is
the Romance languages. Greek has undergone myriad alterations from
times (as classical Greek has from archaic/heroic times), but remarkably
retained many linguistic characters from its past despite foreign adoptions
the natural course of its evolution.
Does anyone know which of these two languages (Greek and Latin) is
in paleontological nomenclature?
> In a message dated 6/4/01 11:11:02 AM EST, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> << 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. >>
> I'll buy this as soon as someone will explain how to tell when one species
> has changed/is changing into another (descendant) species. To rephrase
> cladistically, would Latin cease to exist once another language has branched
> off from it? Does ancient Greek no longer exist, or is it after all the same
> species as modern Greek?