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Some believe that Japanese and Korean are also Altaic languages, but more conservative scholars still prefer to classify Japanese and perhaps even Korean as independent families. The Dravidian family probably once extended throughout most of India, but it has been replaced in the north by Indo-European languages. In southern India, Dravidian languages are spoken by as many as 150 million people; the bestknown representatives are Tamil and Telugu. In Southeast Asia, Cambodian and perhaps Vietnamese (though Vietnamese is hard to classify) belong to the Mon-Khmer family.

Hence his introduction in Myroure of Oure Ladye, an anonymous fifteenth-century devotional treatise: I am a poure dyuel, and my name ys T y t y u y l l u s . . I muste eche day . . brynge my master a thousande pokes full of faylynges, and of neglygences in syllables and wordes. 54 Types of Writing Systems that the first true writing was used for far more mundane purposes. Although "creative" literature arose long before the invention of writing, it was orally transmitted, with devices such as alliteration, repetition, and regular meter being used as aids to memory.

We notice lexical similarities most easily, perhaps taking morphological or syntactic similarities for granted. F o r example, from a sampling of six other languages, one could list the following words as being similar in sound and meaning: English English English English English English mom miaow-miaow me pistachio choose glide Welsh mam Chinese mi-mi Swahili mimi Italian pistacchio French choisir Swedish glida However, the reasons for the similarity differ in all six instances. English mom and Welsh mam are similar because of what might be considered a universal of all languages: The word for " m o t h e r " contains [ m ] and a low vowel in nearly every 37 38 Language Families and Indo-European language, probably because this sequence is among the first speech-like sounds that a h u m a n infant produces.

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