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TorgoX (1933)


"Il est beau comme la retractilité des serres des oiseaux rapaces [...] et surtout, comme la rencontre fortuite sur une table de dissection d'une machine à coudre et d'un parapluie !" -- Lautréamont
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  • The "glottochronology" has always smelled a bit funny to me, too... in addition to the problems mentioned in the blog entry (the "constant rate" being quite not so constant between rather close relatives like English and Icelandic, and using only the lexicographic selection as the measure of change), I can think of other problems:

    (1) What is a cognate, really? Where does one draw the line? How about false cognates? (words that look like cognates but are not)

    (2) Using only one word from each language for