Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Oct 2009 00:37 UTC
Features, Office In the comments on our editorial about language purism and the Psystar case, it became quite clear that language is a subject almost everyone has an opinion on - not odd if you consider that language is at the very centre of what makes us "human". Since this appears to be a popular subject, let's talk about the influence computing has had on two very minor aspects of the Dutch language.
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by kaiwai on Tue 27th Oct 2009 03:03 UTC
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I personally think it is great from the point of view of getting rid of cruft in the language - does it matter that a table is male/female? It reminds me when I was learning French, pointless parts of the language that added nothing in terms of content to the discussion - it was only there because, well, it is just there. I kept asking questions to my teacher (French himself) as to the purpose of it - why? what does it serve? the absence of that results in something lack in the content being transmitted?

On the good side, this year the Macquarie Australian English dictionary has added 5,000 new words to the official lexicon of Australian English. Language being created by the unwashed masses and making its way into the official language. As more words are added, the more exact one can express one self - rather than having a single word with multiple meanings (in the case if the doctrine of Ismah (based on the verse of purification) in Islam where the one word has 16 equivalent English words with no one I know being able to know whether the verse refers to sins, transgressions, faults, mistakes - it could mean anything you want it to mean). So the language becomes more rich, colourful and expressive which is a good thing (tm)

Edited 2009-10-27 03:05 UTC

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