INGELBIEN RAPHAEL wrote:
> PS: I'm not sure about 'millions of years' of oral culture. Tens of
> thousands, yes, but millions?
Anthropologists differ, and estimates keep changing. I think one
influtential current estimate is that biologically modern humans go back
about 100,000 years and language was probably invented around 40,000
years ago. Widespread use of written language . . . .Problems of
defining "widespread. The Athenians of Plato's period still did not
trust writing for use in contracts. So a wild stab: a maximum of 2500
years, a minimum of 400 years, for written culture.
Is Internet culture merely a variety of written culture -- or is it
P.S. A "language" has been defined as a dialect with a navy.