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Re: Modifying Latin letters for English

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Saturday, December 11, 1999, 11:19
abrigon wrote:

> I think alot to do for the same reasons for no spell changes. Tradition > more than anything else..
True -- see my comments below.
> Also cause alot of people still look to Rome > as the center of the Universe or atleast Latin and Greek and they just > don't want to let go.
Well, probably not Rome. Rome's influence in today's world is analogous to that of Egypt or Assyria or Sumer in helping to mould the Mediterranean world of the late 1st millennium BC.
> Of course as the 21st century comes on, English will be forced to change > some or be relagated to the dust bin..
Rather than being forced, it will simply change. Languages need no prodding when social innovation occurs. If the English language does not change to keep up with social change, it will be indicative of something wrong not with the language itself, but with the society that nurtures it -- that the English speaking world will have suffered some cataclysmic change in its present position.
> From: Roland Hoensch <hoensch@...> > > True enough. So why is the latin alphabet not modified for English?
Because I think in part the idea of spelling academies and official spelling changes has always been held, right or wrong, as anathema to the "ancient liberties" which English speaking peoples think to be their cultural inheritance. It is a perceived invasion on the rights of people who think that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", and is related to the same phenomenon we find in America, where people stubbornly hold on to e.g. the old Customary system of measurement, even when it's annoying and generally pernicious (as was evidenced a couple months ago when a NASA Mars probe mission failed due to confusion of metric and customary systems). ====================================== Tom Wier <artabanos@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom Website: <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." ======================================