Date: Tue May 15 2001 - 14:36:09 EDT
<HTML><FONT FACE=arial,helvetica><FONT COLOR="#0000ff" SIZE=2 FAMILY="SCRIPT" FACE="Comic Sans MS" LANG="0"><B>In a message dated 5/15/01 2:11:06 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
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<BR><BLOCKQUOTE TYPE=CITE style="BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px">No one anywhere on the globe speaks Hellenistic Greek. For this reason
<BR>I consider the quest for conversational Hellenistic Greek a utopian one.
<BR>Utopia is nowhere and that is where Hellenistic Greek is spoken.
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<BR>I used to feel the same way about Latin- it's a dead language; no one speaks
<BR>it anymore....that is until my graduation from Yale College. One of the
<BR>professors gave an address in Latin, complete with jokes, that many others
<BR>laughed at and obviously understood. I will say, that after 4 years of Latin
<BR>at Loomis- Chaffee School (my high school), and a course at Yale on the
<BR>poetry of Catullus, I still didn't understand much of the speech, nor any of
<BR>the jokes! But there are some for whom Latin was, and is, a spoken language.
<BR> I do understand and speak 7 (modern) languages, including modern Greek. I
<BR>do agree with most of Mr. Miller's remarks on the components of language
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