[openbeos] Re: AW: Re: AW: Locale Kit

  • From: Steve Peter <speter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2003 13:17:25 -0500

Let's face it, it is only when you can completely ignore gender - make it truely irrelevant - that you have true equality (but I can't imagine why you'd want that).

Grammatical gender and natural gender are not the same things. You are confused.

What appears to be the fly in the ointment in this case is those strange little 'accent' thingies some of the southern european languages seem to need. Are they really necessary, or can they be ignored ? - and why are they needed anyway when languages such as English, American and Australian get along fine without them.

Are you trying to be a troll, are you just very narrow-minded, or is this an attempt at humor? While you're at it, don't forget Canadian, New Zealandese, and Gibraltarian.

In terms of planning for the future - does it really matter? Languages have a habit of dying out with disuse: The Gaelic languages are gradually dying out from the British Isles, Cornish died a couple of decades ago, only a few sheep now speak Welsh - and a handfull of highlanders the old Scot's Gaelic ('Gallic' they call it). Across most of the (civilised) world, English has become the dominant language in business and commercial life. Minor languages like French, Spanish and Italian will probably become irrelevant soon. Most of India seems to be learning Enlish so they can pinch our jobs, so in a few decades there'll just be English and Chinese. But the Chinese are learning English, so give it a generation and only English will stand as an important everyday language - leaving Latin for scientific and legal use, and other languages as folk curiousities. Might as well just sort in ASCII and wait patiently while the rest of the world falls into line.

Please at least break out your history books. Latin was in the very situation you describe for English, when English was a very minor language spoken by a bunch of Germanic barbarians on a very insignificant island. It morphed into what you call "minor" languages like Spanish (ever heard of Latin America?). Indians have been learning English since England invaded, but it hasn't diminished Hindi, Bengali, Malayalam, or any of the thousands of indigenous languages yet.


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