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: Still dont get it...
by WereCatf on Thu 29th Oct 2009 06:57 UTC in reply to "Still dont get it..."
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Ive read a few comments now where people have said things like genders and cases enrich the language, but to my mind it still makes things more complicated than they need to be and also to my mind, don't add anything.

Well, they DO enrich the language, but I do agree with you in that it doesn't add anything meaningful to it. It only serves to add confusion to any non-native speakers, and it takes a while to learn and memorize all the correct places where to use genders.

In Finnish we have no such thing, we use "hän" ("he"/"she", no gender associated) of people and "se" ("it") for everything else, and I don't feel like we're losing out on anything of value.

Anyways, merely wanted to add something to the discussion even if it is off-topic. Apologizes to anyone it may offend ;)

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