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"Geraldine Reinhardt" <waluk@......>
wrote: > > My dear Marco. I think you are
exaggerating. Never in my long life have I ever met anyone from such
a barren family. Surely a few of you could have saught medical
treatment. Yours is an ill attempted try at showing that
a few languages will always remain as isolates. That is an
impossibility. > > Gerry
exaggerate, this is all the truth about me and my family. In many
districts of Northern Italy similar "barren families" are quite common.
Demographic decadence is a reality. Few kilometers from my house, there is
a coutry named Albiate. It is one of the contries with the highest percent
of people more than 60 in all Europe, perhaps in the whole world. Only in
Spain and in Japan there is something like this (I remember a terrible
documentary about a village of whalers in Japan inhabited only by very
mature people). In Albiate the most part of youngsters died of AIDS in the
'80. There was a plenty of addicts to heroine. Due also to the bigot
climate, there was a terrible social disease among young people. So they
used to go to Milan to puncture. Of about 350 born in 1966 only a dozen
are still alive. It's in these districts that LAS was first studied.
Interesting, isn't it? I painted a picture with an ironical title:
"Figli per la Padania" (Sons for Padania), in which skeletons walk and
their children are decrepit moribunds. You can say I'm ill-minded, but
even if my language is often crude, what I say is essentially
true. Many and many ancient noble families died out living no trace at all.
Languages are exactly the same as human beings. When Cherokee will be
an extinct language, probably its less distant relatives will be some
remnants of Iroquoian languages. When the entire Iroquoian family will be
expired, there will be nothing sufficiently similar to be recognizable on
the entire world. It's only an example. If all this is ill, you can say
it, but things don't change. Extinction is a cosmic force, much more
powerful than life.