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Re: Information on future English language development?

From:Carsten Becker <naranoieati@...>
Date:Monday, October 25, 2004, 20:33
Manayang váris!

Iranea, Henan 1A, 11B0 tay Caves Sally ang matahaniyà:   [1]

 > Everything new contributes to new language, and the media
 > spreads it better than anything before the advent of the
 > print culture.  Also, writing conventions on email.  How
 > many of you have seen the spelling "speach"?  As the
 > Internet becomes available to more and more people, it
 > will democratize writing, spelling and speaking
 > conventions, and we will be exposed to more dialectical
 > flavors than ever, not unlike the problem that faced
 > Caxton sitting and wondering whether to write eggs or
 > eyren in his first printed text.

I could cry about how people spell words sometimes. I've
also seen "probobly" and often times "grammer", even
written that way by fellow conlangers (though not here).
As for writing, I always think about whether to write
"colour" or "color", "gray" or "grey" etc. Though I tend to
use British orthography. Nevertheless, "gaol" for [dZEi)l]
has really baffled me. I have never seen it before, except
recently in the dictionary. It seems like the Brits are
using "jail" as well and "gaol" is old-fashioned.
As for dialects, well, as non-native I don't know about
dialects of English. Nevertheless, there's the passive
vocabulary after all. You know more words than you use.
Don't ask me how much is estimated for the average, but it
is said that you need about 2,500 to 3,000 words to get by
in everyday situations IIRC.


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Man-  ay- ang va- aris!
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Iri- an- ea  Hen-an   1A 11B0 tay     Caves Sally
Five-NOM-LOC ten-NOMZ 22 2004 DEF.TRG <Sally Caves>
On Friday, October 22, 2004, Sally Caves

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