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09-05-2014, 02:48 AM
RE: Phuck the English language.
(08-05-2014 01:52 PM)cjlr Wrote:  Grammatical gender is certainly an ordered phenomenon, but hardly a useful, consistent, or systematic one!

Enforced linguistic conformity has a whiff of fascism about it, to those of us in the anglosphere...

(08-05-2014 01:52 PM)cjlr Wrote:  English is likewise littered when orthographical artifacts - right on down to the "silent" Greek 'p' (and the 'k' in knight and the 'gh' in through... there are many thousands of examples). That will never change precisely because there is no governing body to force the issue. But that is, in any case, a matter of orthography, and not grammar - representation rather than structure.

You call it "enforced linguistic conformity", I call it preserving culture and making things easier to understand.

By simplifying the language so much, you can't find the meaning behind every root, prefix, suffix. For example, the "conformity" you are talking about allows a person who learns Greek to know that "psych" signifies the soul and "psich" signifies... crumbs. That's pretty important if you ask me.
The only people who complain about how complex our language is are the uneducated, the ones who can't bother to learn how to spell.

(08-05-2014 01:52 PM)cjlr Wrote:  But "absurdity" is, rather, an absurd characterisation. Certainly no natural language is any more predictable; just more or less structured in any given respect. The alternative is for everyone to speak lojban...

Well, there is this fact though that, in Greek, if you don't know a word, you can infer its meaning (not to mention you can actually pronounce it, too) simply by breaking it down and finding the roots. This is usually impossible in English because the manipulation of foreign roots is almost arbitrary (funny fact, the word "empathy" has evolved in Greek after being borrowed and now it means the exact opposite Tongue )

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09-05-2014, 06:48 AM
RE: Phuck the English language.
Just gonna leave this here...

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Excuse me, I'm making perfect sense. You're just not keeping up.

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