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    In languages, the simplification starts at the beginning  and the languages then evolve into more complex forms as they age.  New languages usually evolve out of the clash of several languages which then stew together until something just a little bit different develops.  The simplest forms of languages are pidgins, which always sound childish to the ear of the speakers of the original language because the pidgin has ground away all but the most essential parts of language for nouns and verbs.  If the pidgin speakers wind up living together for a long period, one usually finds a creole developing.  From there to a fully recognized language is a pretty small step.  But, they all start simply and then get more complicated as they develop.

    "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

    by PrahaPartizan on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 07:14:34 AM PDT

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