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Re: USAGE: No rants! (USAGE: di"f"thong)

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Thursday, June 1, 2006, 15:46
On 6/1/06, Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...> wrote:
> I think it is time to speak another Machtwort as in the Great Sundering, > and explicitly ban all discussions of spelling reforms (of whatever > language) and English pronunciation from the CONLANG list the same way > we have banned auxlang advocacy a decade ago.
What the hell? Why do you all find the YAEPTs (or YA?PTs for other values of ?) so damn offensive? Who cares? If you don't want to read them, don't read them! There are plenty of messages I don't read because the subject line doesn't interest me, and that's what the tags are for... I am honestly completely flummoxed by the vehemence some of you seem to feel on this topic. What is the big deal??
> Spelling reforms are a form of prescriptivism, and don't we all agree that prescriptivism is > the diametral opposite of conlanging?
Well, no, we don't all agree on that. Prescriptivism and conlanging have pretty much nothing to do with each other, aside from concultural decisions about prescriptivist tendencies. And the written language is secondary to the spoken; prescriptivism about speech is one thing, but prescriptivism about writing is rather necesesary in order for far-flung interlocutors to be able to understand each other at all. -- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>