Language Shift (was: Albanian as a satem langauge)

From: Richard Wordingham
Message: 37633
Date: 2005-05-05

--- In, "alexandru_mg3" <alexandru_mg3@...>

> You cannot imagine any local population to gradually shift to another
> language?
> Do you know the case of Ireland?

Piotr did not deny that a population might gradually shift its
language, i.e. change the uses they make of two languages. What he
said was that an Albanian-like language would not change to a
Latin-like language. For example, Irish has not changed to English;
it has been displaced.