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    Re: Portuguese shipwreck question
    From: Greg R_
    Date: 2009 Nov 4, 12:26 -0800

    [Extraneous "Re:"s in subject header snipped]
    Apache Runner  wrote:
    > In Arabic, what does the prefix "Al" mean?�
    As I understand it, the prefix "al" is the equivalent of the English word "the".
    --- On Wed, 11/4/09, Apache Runner  wrote:
    > From: Apache Runner 
    > Subject: [NavList 10443] Re: AW: [NavList 10435] Re: AW: [NavList 10430] Re: 
     AW: [NavList 10428] Re: AW: [NavList 10424] Re: Portuguese shipwreck 
    > To: navlist@fer3.com
    > Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 11:40 AM
    > 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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