LINGUIST List 14.3544

Sun Dec 21 2003

Qs: Unwritten Langs; English Prefix Assimilation

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  1. Carol da Silva, non-written languages
  2. John Levis, Assimilation in irregular, illegible

Message 1: non-written languages

Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2003 11:28:35 -0500 (EST)
From: Carol da Silva <>
Subject: non-written languages

I am looking for a list of living languages that do not have writing
systems. Any suggestions?
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Message 2: Assimilation in irregular, illegible

Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2003 16:01:00 -0500 (EST)
From: John Levis <>
Subject: Assimilation in irregular, illegible

I have always assumed that the prefix in irregular and illegible is an
assimilated form of ''in-'' meaning ''not''. What evidence exists for
this, and is there textual evidence that the prefix was ever spelled
''in-'' with the unassimilated form? Or did the assimilation happen
before the spelling was standardized?

Subject-Language: English; Code: ENG 
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