[Scribus] Translation/language question: Standard English vs. American English
Thu Aug 4 07:29:04 CEST 2005
On 4 Aug 2005, at 11:44, Craig Ringer wrote:
> (Note: I'm just poking fun at the Americans here re misspelling. It's
> a dialect; I can deal with that.)
As a stuent of linguistics (native of western US), permit me a few
1) All languages have dialects and always will. The greater the
number of speakers of the language, the greater the number and
the degree of the variances.
2) Writing systems (graphemics) are a part of the dialect and there
weill always be variations.
3) English sucks as an international language from many aspects.
First, English uses some phonetic sounds that are very rare among
the world's languages and, therefore, very hard for foreigners to
master -- e.g., the retroflex r, among others. Second, English has
some bizarre ways of creating questions (do insertion, wh-
movement) that are almost unique among the world's languages
and, therefore, extremely difficult for foreigners to master. Third,
because English is a bastard language with a germanic base and a
romance top layer, we have a morphology that is incomprehensible
to a non-native. For example, words of Latin origin can take only
certain suffixes and prefixes and words of Germanic origin can take
only other suffixes and prefixes. And finally, the spelling system is
about 300 years past due for an update, not that it was ever close
to accurate from the beginning.
So when y'all bitch about color vs colour, you have no idea how
deep the problem really goes.
In the meantime, intelligent and educated persons worldwide
understand that diversity is the wealth of our species and rejoice in
And as a final note, one of my passions is spelling reform for
English. If I accomplish that, and nothing else, my life will have
been worth living.
I will shut up now.
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