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USAGE: French (was: Essential Swedish?)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 3, 2004, 12:45
Philippe Caquant scripsit:

> If you look at postcards from Russia from 1900, you'll notice that > not only the legend is in French and Russian, but also the signs on > the city shops for ex are often translated into French. And Russia > was not the only example for this.
But it is a special case: the Russian aristocracy (and to a lesser degree the Russian bourgeoisie) disdained the Russian language as fit only for peasants. Consider _War and Peace_, which notoriously begins in French!
> That was in the good old times. Now we regressed to > the status of Estonia, no offence to Estonians.
Well, hardly. French is still the official or national language of at least thirty countries and parts of others. -- John Cowan "'My young friend, if you do not now, immediately and instantly, pull as hard as ever you can, it is my opinion that your acquaintance in the large-pattern leather ulster' (and by this he meant the Crocodile) 'will jerk you into yonder limpid stream before you can say Jack Robinson.'" --the Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake


Alexander Savenkov <savenkov@...>