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: Comment by kaiwai
by renox on Tue 27th Oct 2009 22:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
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>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?

As a French myself, I can tell you, it has absolutely no purpose, which isn't surprising language evolved more or less randomly so it's not very surprising that the result isn't 'rational'.

Note that even minor proposal to simplify French such as replacing ê by é which sounds the same failed, so radical improvement such as adding a neutral gender are quite hopeless..

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