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: Lange IJ
by Tuxified on Tue 27th Oct 2009 22:52 UTC in reply to "Lane IJ"
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The long and short "ij/ei" is still a mystery for me. I don't hear a difference for starters. Secondly, it's supposed to be a different character but have you ever chanted Dutch alphabet using that character? I haven't ;)
To me, it's something indoctrinated at young age and not a real character. (I was raised bilingual Dutch/Serbo-Croatian btw)

One thing that I miss in this article is the change of spelling in (mostly) youngsters typing. I've seen a lot youngster use "egt"-> "echt" or "lag"-> "lach" (mostly being the lack of spelling functionality in for example MSN Messenger).

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