any chatters?

MisterX b.xavier at internet.lu
Tue Jul 20 06:13:36 CDT 2004


Sims,

You forgot to mention the beauty of Maltese women ;)

I'd like punic as a scripting language!

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> [mailto:use-revolution-bounces at lists.runrev.com]On Behalf Of sims
> Sent: Tuesday, July 20, 2004 12:37
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> Subject: Re: any chatters?
> 
> 
> >I didn't know Maltese was a Semetic language!
> >
> >Judy
> 
> 
> Maltese is a Semitic language.
> Maltese developed from a dialect of Arabic and is closely related to 
> the western Arabic dialects
> of Algeria and Tunisia. Strongly influenced by the Italian dialect 
> spoken in Sicily, Maltese is the
> only form of Arabic to be written in the Latin alphabet.
> 
> The Maltese language developed from the Arabic spoken by the Arabs 
> who invaded and
> occupied Malta in 870 AD.
> 
> Prior to this, it is believed that the language used by the natives 
> was  a mixture of Latin,
> Greek and Punic languages, which originated from the commercial 
> connections with the
> Phoenicians, many of whom settled here between 800 - 218 BC,  and the 
> Romans who ruled
> the island between 218 BC and 870 AD. Punic writings have been  found 
> and also some names
> of local villages have a Greek origin.
> 
> Malta was occupied by French-speaking Normans in 1090.
>   Between 1530 and 1798 Malta served as the base for the Knights 
> Hospitaller of St John,
> who spoke Italian and Latin. Malta became a British colony in 1800 
> and the British tried to
> replace Italian with English as the local language.
> 
> After Malta become independent in 1964 both English and Maltese were 
> given official status
> and Maltese became the national language of Malta.
> 
> The first known literary text in Maltese, II Cantilena , appeared 
> during the 15th century.
> The first Maltese language was a catechism by F. Wizzino, and was 
> published in 1752.
> 
> When you attend the European Rev Conference you you find that the 
> Maltese speak
> English very well, most also speak Italian, and of course also 
> use Maltese.
> 
> Ciao!
> sims
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