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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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by siride on Tue 27th Oct 2009 05:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
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It doesn't. But that's not his point. The reason French still has genders is because Latin had them (and way back when, there was a time when they actually meant something) and the morphological syncretism of Romance and Old French was not enough to erase the distinction between masculine and feminine, so they are still around. But they are also still around because they aid in referring to multiple things in one sentence without having to use extra clarification.

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