Which languages is claimed to have switched families?
October 14, 2012 5:29 PM Subscribe
Which language is claimed to have shifted between language families?
posted by Jehan to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm looking for the name of a language I read about a few years ago, which has been claimed by some to has shifted from its original language family to another. Basically, the degree of borrowing was so great that though it started out as "language of kind A with elements of king B", it could now be regarded as "language of kind B with elements of kind A".
I seem to recall that the language was African, maybe east-central, and not widely spoken.
I'm not really interested in whether such a shift is possible or not, but rather just the name of the language that this has been claimed for.