Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Oct 2013 23:54 UTC
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Happy Hangul Day! October 9th is a South Korean national holiday held in honor of the invention of the Korean writing system, which experts have called the most "scientific" (also "ingenious," "rational," "subtle," "simple," "efficient," "remarkable") writing system ever devised.

It's a bit outside of OSNews' regular stuff (although not unheard of), but as a language specialist myself, Korean, and Hangul in particular, has fascinated me for quite a while now. In contrast to other writing systems, which have developed over centuries - or millennia - without clear guidance, Hangul was more or less designed and set in stone 600 years ago, specifically for the Korean language. It is an absolutely beautiful alphabet, with a clear structure, and a unique way of organising letters - they are grouped in square morpho-syllabic blocks. To the untrained eye, Hangul may resemble e.g. Chinese characters - however, each 'character' actually consists of several letters.

Even though I'm not a programmer myself, Im pretty sure those of you who are will find Hangul fascinating. Due to its structured nature, it's incredibly easy to learn - I taught myself to read and write Hangul in a matter of days - and once you do take a few hours to grasp the basics, you'll surely come to appreciate its innate beauty and structure.

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by ricegf on Sat 12th Oct 2013 11:53 UTC in reply to "No."
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I agree. As long as it's mine. :-D

This is somewhat similar to the argument that we should all just use one programming language, since they are all used for the same purpose - to implement software. However, like most programmers I am very multi-lingual because some languages work better for some classes of problems than others; the language also affects how you think about a problem.

I would be really surprised (as a non-linguist) if the native tongue of a person didn't affect how they thought about pretty much everything. We get almost as many Spanish TV channels in Texas as English channels, and I occasionally watch them late at night. From what I see, native Spanish language programs are generally not the same as transliterated English programs!

If we were seriously to make an effort at a "standard" world language, though, I'd favour lojban ("logical language") rather than Esperanto. If we're gonna change languages, as the Koreans did, we might as well follow their lead and switch to something designed to be logical and easy to learn.

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