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  •  Forgot the POLES! (1+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa
    Balto-Slavic: This language family includes the Baltic languages (Lithuanian and Latvian) and the Slavic languages (Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Bulgarian, Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, and others)
    Christ on a crutch, are you in for it.  You forgot the Poles!  As the largest Western Slavic language you really didn't want to forget the Poles.  They have long memories about oversights like this.  As a person of Czech ancestry, I appreciate the citing of Czech, but Polish is spoken by a far larger number of people.

    I'd also suggest that you expand the discussion on Slavic into East Slavic, West Slavic, and South Slavic with the representative languages.  Even today, 1500 years after the first large Slavic migrations of late antiquity, many Slavs can understand a little of what's being spoken in the other major sub-groups but not much.  It reflects the manner in which IE likely broke up as well during the first great migrations of the origianl IE speakers, where in another 1500 years they'll be totally distinct.

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

    by PrahaPartizan on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 05:43:50 PM PDT

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