John Cowan jcowan at
Sat Feb 5 07:49:42 CET 2005

Peter Constable scripsit:

> Tajikistan [meaning Tajik, I suppose] is reportedly used in
> Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and
> Uzbekistan. Tajik speakers in these various countries live in contact
> with other language communities, with different external influences
> depending on the country they live in. You really think there's no
> distinctions?

It's not about what I think, it's about what evidence is on the table.
Distinctions should not be presumed, but rather demonstrated, before
we register anything.

John Cowan  jcowan at
And now here I was, in a country where a right to say how the country should
be governed was restricted to six persons in each thousand of its population.
For the nine hundred and ninety-four to express dissatisfaction with the
regnant system and propose to change it, would have made the whole six
shudder as one man, it would have been so disloyal, so dishonorable, such
putrid black treason.  --Mark Twain's Connecticut Yankee

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