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Re: Language revival (was Re: Which auxlangs? (was Re: I won't[to] start a flame war))

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 24, 1999, 0:02
Raymond Brown wrote:
> This'll always be a problem where a culture has an ancient history but > where the language has changed greatly. But even keeping the older forms > does not IME overcome this. Our _written_ language has not changed much > since Shakespeare's time (especially as Shakespeare's inconsistent > orthography is generally regularized according to modern practice!) - but > his writings are not readily accessible to many of the younger generation - > and Chaucer certainly isn't. It requires work.
Yes, but we can read documents from 1900 with no problem. That's what David was referring to. Imagine if we had a similar change. Well, what if you wanted to read a book written around 1900? Unless it happened to be "translated" into the modern orthography, or you knew the old, it would be inaccessible to you. -- "Old linguists never die - they just come to voiceless stops." - anonymous ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor