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Re: marvelous tongue
Very good explanition of the significant differences in languages. I
believe what you've described in the national culture that is defined by
and defined into a given language. We in the USA can be thankful that
in the early day of this country, Daniel Webster defined - via a
"national" dictionary - a common language that has since evolved by our
culture. In my opinion, the biggest problem facing the EU is just what
you've described. Until they can agree on a common "language" that can
elvolve into a common culture, they will continue to be separate
Thanks again for the education!
"David B. Kronenfeld" wrote:
> Most languages are wonderful and special to most of their native speakers,
> and many are rewarding, even divinely so, to those non-natives who manage
> to learn them well. All are descended from ancient ancestors and then
> variously transmuted by the subsequent ebb and flow of human
> movement. Each has its own special flavor, its own tradition and feel, and
> its own special way of framing history. And each has its poetry.
> What's fun about us humans is, inter alia, that we manage to keep creating
> such instruments.
> Happy Holidays,
> At 07:12 PM 12/22/01 -0800, you wrote:
> > From Morris,
> > I have read a wonderful book on the English
> > language. You will be well rewarded if you can
> > purchase a second hand copy.
> snip snip
> By any standard, English is a remarkable language. It is, to begin with,
> lots more snipped