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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From a native Dutch speaker
by Eddyspeeder on Tue 27th Oct 2009 22:54 UTC
Eddyspeeder
Member since:
2006-05-10

Nicely done, Thom!

I do believe this shift is also partly the influence of the English language on the Dutch language, so not limited to computers alone.

For example, many Dutch currently write:

WRONG: Dat is Peter's huis.

Akin to the English: That is Peter's house.

CORRECT: Dat is Peters huis.

(Note: I probably write the apostrophe in the correct form completely wrong... oh well :-P )

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

The genitive-s...

MAY IT ROT IN HELL FOR AL ETERNITY.

There. I hate that thing in Dutch. Remarkably inconsistent.

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Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

The genitive-s...

MAY IT ROT IN HELL FOR AL ETERNITY.

There. I hate that thing in Dutch. Remarkably inconsistent.


It's present in German, too, but much more interesting. The apostrophe is used to indicate one of the three things:
a) Attention! A "s" follows!
b) Attention! The last letter follows!
c) This is plural.
In most cases, the apostrophe is represented by a gravis or an acute.

Examples: Helga's CD`s sind nich't gut. (Helga's CDs are not good.) Finger weg, das ist mein's! (Fingers off, this is mine.) Ich habe nicht`s gesehen. (I have nothing seen.)

The only places where an apostrophe should be placed it is gently omitted.

Oh the joy of continuous newspeak spelling reforms! Imaginn iff I wott do thi`s to The englis languish wott you like, it? Surely not. :-)

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