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Opinions on English

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang2323@...>
Date:Sunday, September 17, 2000, 8:47
n a message dated 2000:09:17 12:04:08 AM, microtonal@SERICAP.COM writes:

>I've always rather liked English, at least once I realized that there >actually *is* a method to the madness.
*snarfle* English is such a magpie language it's wonder it got so "powerful." Then again there are IMHO many types of Englishes, even within America - to not neglect sayin' da whole wide world. One of my favourite Englishes is Hindlish - that wonderfully ornate English: Why not let the English language to relax, And have a truly tropical weekend? After a course of the choicest Indian rudery, English may return, chastened, to its prudery. No? You won't agree? Forgive me, you look sickened. In Shakespeare's day, English was a dandy... - Prof. P. Lal, India
>It's not quite as subtle as Classical Greek or as rhythmic as Latin or as >liquid as French, but it's a nice, solid language.
I once read a German writer's opinion that English was like a bricklayer's apprentice who is just getting his skills together... there is bound to be a lotta messiness.
>The rules make perfect sense, once you learn >them all, and they have very few exceptions.
*snarfle* sheesh, have you seen the actual literacy skill levels of American and British kids? Even native speakers have a hard time with English IMO.
>It's very utilitarian, flexible, and at times quite beautiful (as evidenced
by >some of the great British and American writers). "... wipe alley english spooker, or multiphoniaksically spuking off the face of the erse..." - James Joyce, Irishman, _Finnegans Wake_
>It also has the great advantage of >a huge lexis of loanwords from all kinds of languages upon which to >draw, and forming new words is extremely easy.
That I agree with whole-heartedly. Makee Inglis eazy ta mutate! czHANg
> English is a whore.
- Lars Henrik Mathiesen << One thing foreigners, computers, & poets have in common is that they make unexpected linguistic associations. >> * Jasia Reichardt - creative cyberneticist *