Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jun 2012 11:17 UTC
Google While I sometimes see Dutch as an endangered language, reality is that with nearly 30 million speakers worldwide, we're actually doing pretty well. Sadly, this can't be said for the 3000 truly endangered languages of the world - nearly half of the world's total number of languages is on the verge of extinction, and with it, large amounts of human culture are in danger of disappearing forever. In collaboration with several universities and language institutions, Google has launched the Endangered Languages Project to document these languages - textually, visually, and auditorially.
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RE[8]: Sounds Good
by zima on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 11:16 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Sounds Good"
zima
Member since:
2005-07-06

I tend to stick hard to linguistic purism (as does the 'languages' in the North Germanic branch). Purity above all.

Whose purity? (as in, who is pure and who in turn determines that?)
And when? (doesn't that purity thing fly in the face of languages constantly evolving?)

BTW, what's the deal with two Norwegian variants?

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RE[9]: Sounds Good
by dylansmrjones on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 15:24 in reply to "RE[8]: Sounds Good"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

You mean 4 variants ;)

Riksmål, Bokmål, Nynorsk and Høgnorsk. Not to mention that Bokmål can be done in several ways, Traditional Bokmål (closer to Riksmål) and Radical Bokmål (closer to Nynorsk).

I think it is wonderful. Linguistic anarchy ;)

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RE[10]: Sounds Good
by zima on Thu 28th Jun 2012 23:58 in reply to "RE[9]: Sounds Good"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Perhaps even sort of more than 4, now that I checked Wiki...

Still, seems quite far from purity.

I mean, in my part of the woods there are regional dialects, sure - with some unique vocabulary, and with pronunciation / accent / and so on sometimes so peculiar that, occasionally, it's hard to discern some supposedly common words in a speech (luckily I'm using almost exclusively the literary "melting pot" variant - a gift from Stalin on some areas, from his idea of resettlements ;p ...well, plus later media influence - that is purity, the essence :p ). But they're still really written in the same way, that seems to be the general idea behind writing systems.

Edited 2012-06-29 00:11 UTC

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