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Mediterranean wanderwort fiesta

Back at Abnormal Interests, Duane Smith has been talking off-and-on about a few interesting terms that appear to have made their rounds across the eastern coastline of the Mediterranean Sea and Near East, diffusing into a number of language families along the way. These words can serve as an inspiring focus of new conversation. The headings below are linked back to Duaine's scholarly entri
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Academics / Linguistics : Paleoglot (5 years ago)

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