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Re: modern Mandarin Chinese(s) (was Re: Futurese, Chinese, Hz of NatLangs, etc.)

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Sunday, May 12, 2002, 19:51
At 3:39 am -0400 12/5/02, J Y S Czhang wrote:
>In a message dated 05/11/2002 09.29.39 PM, ray.brown@FREEUK.COM writes:
>>Maybe J Y S Czhang can enlighten us further on this. > > AFAIK, all of the above is true. And like I wrote just a couple days ago, >I don't think one can safely say there is one kind of Mandarin as there are >many variations of/on Mandarin and/or regionalects of _Putonghua_/ _ >guoyu_/_baihua_. Mandarin has mutated almost as much as all the mutant >varieties of English! I guess just like some say there are different, >differing "Englishes," there are Mandarins, too ;)
Perhaps it is because both languages are so tolerant of variation that they are successful and both have so many speakers :) [snip]
> I take after my dad :) but oh so much worse... I sound like an >Americanized Britisher who learned Mandarin from a Cantonese who grew up in >Malaysia. In another words, a really truly f***ed Mandarin.
Heehee - sounds as tho your 'Mandarin' is to mainland Chinese Mandarins what Europanto is to European langs :)) Pst - keep it quiet & don't tell the auxlangers (otherwise I'll need several sets of asbestos suits), but Europanto is the only con-IAL worth taking seriously :))) Ray. ======================================================= The median nature of language is an epistemological commonplace. So is the fact that every general statement worth making about language invites a counter-statement or antithesis. GEORGE STEINER. =======================================================