************* M*W: I'm interested in the evolution of languages. If one starts out say in Phoenicia or Sumer and branches upward and outward like tree branches would grow, it's easy to visualize how all languages evolved from the same root. I believe the evolution of languages came about like this due to the transmigration of peoples from the cradle of languages. It's a fascinating subject. When I lived in Europe, I learned that American's don't speak English... we speak American! The same goes for America. People from New York don't talk like people from Texas, etc. In fact, even in the Great State of Texas, each geographical area has it's own dialect. When I travel Eastward from Houston, I can't understand a thing they're saying! It has also been an interest of mine to distinguish the dialects of peoples near river deltas as compared to peoples in cities. There's definitely a difference in dialects. Has anyone else noticed this, or is it just another one of my hallucinations? I love language!