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  • noun linguistics Any language having elements that are responsible for change in neighbouring languages


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  • This, however, reflects several things irrelevant to the present discussion, including the structure of the Korean numeral system, an idiomatic superlative, a special phonetic situation, possibly a Japanese adstratum, plus mild treachery on the part of G. I.'s.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol 1 No 2


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