Talk:2012-08-25 47 8

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Metal Language?[edit]

I was really excited that a language exists with as ridiculously metal a name as "Elder Romansh", until I googled it and it didn't come up. I'm guessing linguist types writing in English say "Old Romansh" or something... a la Old English, Old French, etc. Darn. -- OtherJack 21:44, 27 August 2012 (EDT)

Ehem. I'm afraid there is no English literature on the language, and the English terminology in linguistics is, to express it cautiously, not exactly standardized. Which I think is kind of ironic.
Anyway, I thought "ancient" sounded too classical, and I didn't really feel like writing "Outdated Romansh", so I went for "older"/"elder", which you see occasionally in linguistic literature. But thinking about it, the language, whose mere existence is subject to debate, is a predecessor to a whole family of languages, so the most correct term would probably be "pre-Romansh". Guess I'll change it to that in order to avoid disappointing metalheads. I mean, it's not even a Germanic language.
Thanks for the correction. --Calamus 03:13, 28 August 2012 (EDT)
Haha... I'm no metalhead, I just thought it was funny. If there really is no English literature on this language, though, I suppose you can call it whatever you want! -- OtherJack 16:28, 29 August 2012 (EDT)