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Old Devonian Wikipedia

main page Requests for new languages (Wikipedia Old Devonian)
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This decision was taken by the language committee in accordance with the Language proposal policy based on the discussion on this page.

The closing committee member provided the following comment:

only living languages are accepted
Proposal summary
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Old Devonian is an emerging langauge which has begun to be revived after becoming extinct around the same time as Old Welsh and Old Cornish.

Arguments in favour

Arguments against

1. Almost nothing is known for sure about this language. Any reconstruction is likely to differ from the real unknowable language more than the sister Old Welsh and Old Cornish languages do.
2. It has no extant writings (it may indeed never have been written down, and certainly never had its own orthographical tradition).
3. At the time it became extinct it likely differed from Cornish no more than North and South colloquial Welsh differ now.
4. Biddulph's reconstructions have little credibility amongst linguists and even he was no more than tentative about them.
5. Unlike Cornish or Manx, there is no recent speech community from whom some sense of continuity can be gained.
6. In case it's raised, same points in spades refer to Cumbric. -- 19 March 2009

This is really a conlang based on one person's idea of what an extinct language might possibly have been like. It should be proposed and evaluated as a conlang. AnonMoos 12:46, 9 September 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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