The UPenn IE Tree (a test)
kurisuto at unagi.cis.upenn.edu
Tue Aug 31 13:33:18 UTC 1999
On Mon, 30 Aug 1999, Rick Mc Callister wrote:
>> No. An ancestral language cannot co-exist with its own descendant.>>
> Actually it can.
> Both Spanish and its daughter language Ladino are alive, although
> Ladino, the daughter language is endangered.
> English and the Papuan languages [etc.] that spawned Tok Pisin are
> all alive.
The moderator already answered the case of Ladino, but let me answer about
Tok Pisin. Tok Pisin is a creole. English is not an "ancestor" of Tok
Pisin in the same sense that Latin is an "ancestor" of Italian; lineal
descent and creolization are two totally different things.
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