That’s so damn easy that I could learn it with a Dutch accent and impress the cat by telling her it’s Romanian. But making everything so piddly-diddly is actually a huge waste of time, because (a) linguistic complexity isn’t a big faze factor for language translation and checking machines; and (b) humans reading a language so distressingly regular will fall asleep after a couple of paras.
Not knowing (or caring) very much about Marxism, I sometimes suspect that English is so popular (and so strongly associated with ideologies of freedom) not because of its status as the world’s primary language of intercommunal transaction but simply because it is such a delightful chaos. For this reason I am happy that it shows every sign of resisting the linguistic hygiene and spelling reform brigades and becoming ever more diverse and confusing.
Just as Marx never really figured out whether capitalism was going to die on its own or whether it needed stomping on, I’m not sure whether we need to help boring languages on their way, or whether they will simply flicker and fade, forgotten. The latter may be the case with Interlingua, but I think that concerted action may be necessary to seek out and destroy Klingon. Who will join me on this mission?
- Anglo-Saxon spam and the Klingon 5th column
The studied use of archaicisms, vowel transposition and misspelled euphemism means that in spam a couple of hundred English proto-dialects are
- Wikipedia: Arabic vs Klingon
“the number of interested people in having an Open Content Arabic Encyclopedia doesn’t reflect the number of Arabic people over the
- Catalan speakers the 15th most productive Wikipedists
Congratulations on Catalan users for hitting 50,000 articles on Wikipedia. Although quantity isn’t everything–articles in English are almost invariably far better
- Earthlings: Ugly Bags of Mostly Water
Apparently I’ve been signed up for the local chess tournament for the next few Saturdays, otherwise this is where I’d really
- who cares if languages die out?
From Sri Lanka’s Daily News: In a message to the first celebration [of International Mother Language Day in 2000] United Nations Secretary-General