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Possible influence of Phoenician on local dialects in the British Isles during the Iron Age

There is no such credible evidence. The closest we get is some archaeological evidence of trade routes between Carthage and the Southern British coast (from what I remember this is mostly in the form ...
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Is there any superstrate influence of Old East Norse left in East Slavic languages?

The number of North Germanic loans in the East Slavic languages is rather low (the most critical estimate is around thirty). For example, Panzer 2002 mentions 34 words (V. Kiparsky) or 30 words (...
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Why are mixed languages so rare?

I wouldn't say that mixed languages are particularly rare, we can observe them in language contact situations all over the world, as pidgins, creoles, and vernaculars of specific ethnic groups. But it ...
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Influence of Polish and Czech on the phonology of German dialects

Areal features are often under-appreciated, especially the more subtle structural and semantic ones, as opposed to the more superficial lexical and phonological ones. And the contact between Slavic ...
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Can two close languages be merged?

Whether Norwegians and Danes living in the same place would end up speaking 1 vs. 2 languages depends on the extent to which they remain culturally Norwegians vs. Danes, or simply generalized ...
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Can two close languages be merged?

There are some examples of language merger in history. Note that such a merger is rarely a "merger of equals" where both languages contribute about the same amount to the resulting merged language. ...
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An East Asian sprachbund?

I asked my colleague Sally Thomason, whose book Language Contact has a special chapter on Sprachbunds. Her response: Interesting idea, John. Some of the shared features listed are underwhelming -- ...
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Why are mixed languages so rare?

prevent the emergence of mixed languages? jk makes a great point about the stability of the "mixed languages". However, stability is rarely seen in any established languages either. So ...
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Can two close languages be merged?

According to this, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pidgin "A pidgin /ˈpɪdʒᵻn/, or pidgin language, is a grammatically simplified means of communication that develops between two or more groups ...
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How effective is linguistics at tracking trade routes?

The answer is yes. They are called loanwords, more specifically popular borrowing - where the word used by the other culture is adopted without translation. Unlike learned borrowings that are often ...
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Are there any loanwords between Turkish and Armenian?

Yes, there are a great many, especially in spoken language and in regional and archaic dialects. On average, there are more Turkish terms in spoken Armenian than Armenian in Turkish, and many many ...
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What is probable origin of Basque word for city/town?

From a draft of Lawrence Trask’s Etymological Dictionary of Basque, with abbreviations expanded by me: hiri (Labourdin, Bas-Navarre), hí(r)i (Souletin), iri (Alta Navarra, Salazar, Roncalese), uri (...
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