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Re: [opensuse] English locution correction (was Re: Clinging to Microsoft (was Re: Why openSUSE is less popular than Ubuntu?)
On 12/20/2011 06:52 AM, Dennis Gallien wrote:
On Thursday, December 08, 2011 09:43 PM Dirk Gently wrote:

My primary purpose for posting was so that non-native English
speakers wouldn't start adopting this recent and horrible
locution which is spreading through this country (USA).

So Dirk, I finally found the website just for you (or perhaps you authored):

In questions about language, there is a never ending debate about when something is in the vernacular becomes a "proper" usage of the language.

The pragmatic issue is not whether or not a body of people accepts a form of language that is correct or incorrect, but whether or not the words that are used are effective in communicating the intended idea to the hearer.

Yet there is a place for establishing what is considered a proper form of the language, in order to keep the standardized use of the language to be the most widespread. If some form of standardization is not adhered to, over time regional dialectical differences evolve into greater subgroupings of languages, which ultimately become unintelligible to one another.

That is the case in the evolution of languages here in the Philippines, in which there are over 170 different spoken languages, all of which have a similar grammatical structure, and only about 1/2 of them have a written form. Of those that are written, the written form is mostly transliterated using the same script as the national language.

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