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CHAT/SNARKY: Englishes

From:Ed Heil <edheil@...>
Date:Thursday, December 9, 1999, 21:32
Roland Hoensch wrote:

> How is a statement that English is branching off into different > languages turn into contempt? And sadly if I were to stop > writing in English, while I could still read what I was writing; > You probably could not.
Actually, I probably could, if I felt like it. Thanks for the stereotype, though.
> I one started writing Latin and Italian the same, would they > become the same language?
If one hadn't lost the grammatical cases of the other, added articles, lost a gender, and revised verb conjugation, among other things. I defy you to point me to similar differences between, say, U.S. and Indian English.
> Are the various Englishes the > same just because nobody bothered to properly revise their > spelling after they branched off?
Not "the same," clearly different dialects. So? --------------------------------------------------------------------- "Mikra he sophia he tou Mikrosophou." (Ancient Greek/Geek Wisdom about Microsoft) ---------------------------------------------------------------------