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[4]: Comment by kaiwai
by yopmaster on Wed 28th Oct 2009 01:00 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai"
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Why ? Is there anything weird ? When you are native (I'm French), you do not ask yourself whether your language is strange or not ;)

And by the way I also speak Japanese which has a lot of funny "features" too. One of my favorite is the fact you have to use different words to count things: depending on what you are counting, the word for the number changes. For instance:

- two people: "two" is "futari" (hito futari) - for people
- two dogs: "two" is "nihiki" (inu nihiki) - for pets
- two letters: "two" is "nimai" (tegami nimai) - for flat things
- two bottles: "two" is "nihon" (botoru nihon) - for small cylindric objects

And there are a lot of them ! It appears it enables to give a lot more information than just a number, especially in the context of a shop (on word for oranges, one for rice, one for tofu ...)

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