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Message 54 of 71 (492413)
12-31-2008 1:53 AM
Reply to: Message 45 by Peg
12-29-2008 9:13 PM

Peg the plagiarist?
Normally when you quote extensively from another source, it's expected that you will indicate that it's a quote and give the source. You got this:

An article in Science Illustrated of July 1948 (p. 63) states: “Older forms of the languages known today were far more difficult than their modern descendants . . . man appears not to have begun with a simple speech, and gradually made it more complex, but rather to have gotten hold of a tremendously knotty speech somewhere in the unrecorded past, and gradually simplified it to the modern forms.”

Linguist Dr. Mason also points out that “the idea that ‘savages’ speak in a series of grunts, and are unable to express many ‘civilized’ concepts, is very wrong,” and that “many of the languages of non-literate peoples are far more complex than modern European ones.” (Science News Letter, September 3, 1955, p. 148)

from this site. I haven't looked further, but I strongly suspect that much of what you included in the message I'm replying to is by someone else.

Or perhaps you are the orginal writer at the ALPHEBETS [sic] site. If so, it would be in your best interests to make clear that you are quoting your own work to avoid the appearance of plagiarism.

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