Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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Language purism is positive
by rebus on Sun 25th Oct 2009 17:53 UTC
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Okay, English excluded, it is positive for at least some languages.

While it may be true that what purists consider "proper Dutch" today would be despised by the language purists from the early 20th century, purism keeps mutations in check.

My mother tongue (Croatian) is purist in tradition, but that does not mean that it is not evolving, it is, and purism makes us more aware of the process. That is positive thing.

That much about the language part.

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