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markvent
578995.  Sat Jul 04, 2009 4:26 pm Reply with quote

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Sadurian Mike
579000.  Sat Jul 04, 2009 4:38 pm Reply with quote

I don't see Elven or Klingon on that list.

Tcha, amateur.

 
Celebaelin
579235.  Sun Jul 05, 2009 10:08 am Reply with quote

I found myself wondering when this guy lived, rather than ask I've taken the liberty of looking it up

19 September 1774 15 March 1849

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giuseppe_Caspar_Mezzofanti

The Wiki article claims that he spoke Welsh perfectly in direct contradiction to the table they cite as a source!

http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/mezzofanti/language-table.html

There may be some disputes about the standard he attained in some languages, Scottish being another where there's some disagreement, but it's a lot anyway!

 
Gaazy
579352.  Sun Jul 05, 2009 4:09 pm Reply with quote

Celebaelin wrote:

The Wiki article claims that he spoke Welsh perfectly in direct contradiction to the table they cite as a source!

Dwi'n amau'n fawr a fyddai unrhyw un yn medru dysgu iaith mor unigryw 'r Gymraeg ar chwarae bach.

(I doubt very much if anyone could learn such a unique language as Welsh at the drop of a hat.)

 
Posital
579355.  Sun Jul 05, 2009 4:15 pm Reply with quote

He didn't speak estuary English - innit!

 
Bondee
579361.  Sun Jul 05, 2009 4:24 pm Reply with quote

Dere's, noo, lah', Jafeekan on dat list eever, innit.

 
suze
579369.  Sun Jul 05, 2009 4:37 pm Reply with quote

It is on the face of it unsurprising that he didn't speak languages or dialects which had not yet developed or been invented.

But "Scottish", please! If what is meant is the stuff in which Burns wrote his poems, that is called Scots. (Whether it is a language or just a dialect of English is disputed; Scottish linguists tend to argue that it's a language while English ones tend not to.)

If what is meant is the stuff which they speak in Glasgow today, that is Scottish English. And if what is meant is the language spoken in places like Lewis, well that's Scottish Gaelic.

As for Illyrian, that's a language about which little is known - there is no surviving literature, and all we have is some reconstructed forms and maybe a handful of place names. It's oft claimed that it's the ancestor of Albanian, but there's little real evidence for this (related discussion about Albanian, Pelasgian, and penis worship at post 540235).

All in all, I'm decidedly suspicious of that table. Czechish? Peruvian? The Berber languages are a form of Arabic? Et cetera.

 
Sadurian Mike
579373.  Sun Jul 05, 2009 4:44 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
It is on the face of it unsurprising that he didn't speak languages or dialects which had not yet developed or been invented.

It shows a lack of inventiveness and dedication. He was obviously not willing to "go the extra mile"*.




*Yes, I winced as I wrote that.

 
Ion Zone
579397.  Sun Jul 05, 2009 5:40 pm Reply with quote

I can't even do French.

 
Sadurian Mike
579402.  Sun Jul 05, 2009 5:49 pm Reply with quote

There's no answer to that.

 
Jenny
579607.  Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:25 am Reply with quote

Yes there is - it's

incroyable!

 
markvent
580182.  Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:34 am Reply with quote

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soup
580191.  Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:49 am Reply with quote

Celebaelin wrote:

There may be some disputes about the standard he attained in some languages, Scottish being another where there's some disagreement, but it's a lot anyway!


Nu ohg pbhyq ur fcrnx EBG13?

 

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