Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by wirespot on Sun 25th Oct 2009 21:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
wirespot
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2006-06-21

I was just wondering how the French Academy deals with this issue. If you put up barriers against foreign "pollution" of a language you give up a major source of neologisms. Or it may be that blocking foreign words is just wishful thinking and eventually they are forced to accept them as they make their way into colloquial language.

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RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by sbenitezb on Mon 26th Oct 2009 02:58 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
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2005-07-22

You can't put a barrier. The language changes when there's external influence. And even more these days of internet, free speech, television, etc.

Edited 2009-10-26 02:59 UTC

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