>Bea Hopkinson wrote:
>> If we look at our own mixed societies today we find bi-lingual
>> ability at least in the first immigrant generation, then a gradual
>> dying out of the old language in the second and third and so on. Why
>> cannot we accept this in antiquity? There are so many complexities in
>> integrating societies but wiping them out would NOT seem very sensible if
>> you want them to continue to work and communicate with you, the conqueror.
>> They would also have needed translators. Like Robert I thought that
>> archaeological evidence has shown the anhiliation theory to be no longer
>You seem to be overlooking the linguistic evidence. If you were correct we
>would be speaking Welsh - or a Romance language.
I prefer to rely on the archaeological evidence. What people do and
say are often two different things.