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#103804 - 10/04/03 04:03 PM Re: A geographical curiosity  
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some family trees

They look good, but go out for a short beer whilst waiting for them to load.


#103805 - 10/04/03 08:56 PM Re: A geographical curiosity  
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>a short beer

Or a long coffee. They are worth the wait, though, thanks, dodyskin.


#103806 - 10/05/03 11:50 AM oynos duwyo treyes  
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(if your puters can handle it) this is one of my favourite web pages on language. It has no theories or anything, it is just a list of the numbers one to ten in about 4000 languages. You can really see which languages belong together.
http://www.zompist.com/numbers.htm


#103807 - 10/05/03 04:20 PM Re: oynos duwyo treyes  
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wow. that is beyond words.



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#103808 - 10/05/03 07:13 PM Re: oynos duwyo treyes  
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Great link! An overwhelming amount of information there. I am curious about some of the lists, though. For example, they list Moriori, a language that was almost certainly never written, and that has been dead for two hundred years or more, so how do they know?


#103809 - 10/05/03 07:59 PM tehi teru toru  
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Moriori, a language that was almost certainly never written, and that has been dead for two hundred years or more, so how do they know?
sources listed here
http://www.zompist.com/sources.htm


#103810 - 10/05/03 08:39 PM Re: tehi teru toru  
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Thanks, dodyskin. It turns out the person who contributed that particualr language is one of the main contributors to the list overall. Also the list for Moriori may not be very accurate anyway, according to other pages I have Googled. In short, it looks like the answer to my question, "how do they know?", is the one I would have expected: they don't.


#103811 - 10/05/03 08:40 PM Re: tehi teru toru  
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The source given is not traceable and is therefore probably not particularly valid. I'm with Max-baby. No one knows how the Moriori counted from one to ten. Or if they did count from one to ten at all. Or did anything else for that matter, either linguistically or culturally. They've been effectively extinct since about 1750. Or so. The Maori needed the protein. Worse, they coveted the land.

Say, Max, now there's a perfect solution to the ongoing saga of the Waitangi Tribunal!


#103812 - 10/05/03 11:54 PM Re: tehi teru toru  
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there's a perfect solution to the ongoing saga of the Waitangi Tribunal!
Guess who's coming to dinner?!

#103813 - 10/06/03 12:01 AM Re: tehi teru toru  
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>now there's a perfect solution to the ongoing saga of the Waitangi Tribunal


Ah, but I'm now sold on the whole Maaori rights issue. After months of inactivity from Housing NZ, major repair work on our home is on the way, following contact with my wife's electorate MP, and fellow East Coaster, Parekura Horomia. It ain't what you know, it's who's your whanau.


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