Re: evolving languages
|From:||Tim May <butsuri@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, January 16, 2003, 22:21|
Jake X writes:
> > It could be interpreted to mean that languages more or less
> > follow the tendencies (ie, languages generally follow the
> > tendencies) but (now entering into the play on words...) but some
> > really are much less willing to follow. Kind of like (my
> > paraphrasing of) Orwell's "All pigs are created equal, but some
> > are more equal than others." At least that > example seems
> > related in my mind -- if it doesn't actually connect to the "more
> > or less" discussion, then just ignore it. ;) Some are less "more
> > or less" than others, or somesuch.
> IIRC, you misquoted. It was "all animals are created equal, but
> some are more equal than others." Your version was wrong because,
> IIRC and I read it a while ago, the pigs were the "more equal"
> > --
> > AA
If we're going to have it precisely...
|"'My sight is failing,' she said finally. 'Even when I was young I
|could not have read what was written there. But it appears to me that
|that wall looks different. Are the Seven Commandments the same as they
|used to be, Benjamin?'
|"For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and he read out to her
|what was written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a
|single Commandment. It ran: ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL BUT SOME ANIMALS ARE
|MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS"
--George Orwell, _Animal Farm_
(I sent this yesterday, but it was delayed due to server nonfunction)