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    Language shift(s): are there solid rules?



    Languages shifts : do rules exist ?

    Here a place to express your thoughts.
    In more than a thread here and on other forums and blogs, we find this question : why and how occurs language shift ?
    Very often we are tempted to link Y-haplos and dominant language. But the “rules” of changes of tongue concerning complete populations appear very varied in fact. It seems to me that diverse factors play: number, power, politic organisation, level of culture, type of society, trade…
    Even the term ‘shift’ has to be taken with caution: may we say that english rising in Britain proves the defeat of the Normans (in fact often later French people) tongue in front of the Anglo-Saxons tongue? Let’s give our opinions what will be peaceful because we are speaking here of diverse events where results are far from being tied to leadership or competition. Only a thread to put our brains at works, in absence of a scientist ‘s work covering the whole question.
    If you are not interested it is not a big problem. I shall know soon.

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    We could try to compare different historical shifts and to weight them and their causes?

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