review of _German: Biography of a Language_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 10 01:47:01 UTC 2010

On Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 10:37 AM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at> wrote:
> Languages do not usually spread
> because newcomers replace indigenous peoples. Rather, those already there
> often take up the new settlers' tongue.

What motivates indigenous peoples to do that?

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

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