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Indonesian (was Re: yl112's Meep, LOL...)

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Sunday, September 30, 2001, 16:31
In a message dated 29.09.2001 04:42:32 AM, hsteoh@QUICKFUR.YI.ORG writes:

>Not that it's a bad thing per se, but it does make the language lose some >of its unique flavor and sound a little too Indo-European :-P >
Yes, but it's a matter of economic survival... function over aesthetics. Too bad people hafta consider that in their language(s) nowadays. I admire cultures that seem to be able to adapt but still maintain some cultural autonomy. I recall a very funny story - told by a Tlingit (sp?) Native American to a Canadian anthropologist - about how this native remembers how the White Man came to his village. Pretty amusin' viewpoint on how his village refused to take the White Man's ways seriously & how most of the hilarious disturbances in village-life seemed to be surrounding language, religion and food. Seems that cultures that have a healthy sense of humour fare a bit better when in contact with other cultures. & on a linguistic note, it seems that some pidgins and creoles have humourous slang built-in, esp'ly urban vernaculars. czHANg