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    Re: Portuguese shipwreck question
    From: Jackie Ferrari
    Date: 2009 Nov 4, 20:17 -0000
    I found the same thing when visiting with my husband's family in Emilgia Romagna which is even further from the French Border. The dialect sounds italian but with french endings to the words. They told me there are so many dialects that even fairly close peoples would find it difficult to understand one another.
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    You folks sure get grumpy with each other!

    I don't have a lot to contribute to the lingua franca discussion, but it did remind me of the time I visited my Grandmother's home town.   It's along the Italian/French border west of Torino.   This is the home of the Valdese, who were followers of Peter Waldo, and were chased out Lyon by the Pope in the middle ages.   When I spoke with some of my older relatives, I found that the original language was some form of french.

    The most interesting aspect of the visit was this:  each village, although separated by only a few kilometers, had a slightly different, yet recognizable dialect.    When I say "recognizable" - I mean by someone like me who has only a limited knowledge of french.  This was some version of a Languedoc variant.  So, in the space of a few km, there were substantial shifts in dialect.   I can readily see how sliced up languages would be in the middle ages, if this locality is any indication. 

    In Arabic, what does the prefix "Al" mean?   I see that "Alconstantine" would be Constantinople.

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