[Foundation-l] How to dismantle a language committee

Mark Williamson node.ue at gmail.com
Mon Jan 12 01:36:58 UTC 2009

Some Arabic varieties are more different than others. I would support
a Wikipedia in Derja, for example (Maghrebi Arabic).


2009/1/11 Tim Starling <tstarling at wikimedia.org>:
> Marcus Buck wrote:
>> In the Arabic world there's a prevalent POV, that Arabs form one nation
>> united by the use of the Arabic language. But in reality Standard Arabic
>> is something like Latin. With the difference, that Latin fell out of use
>> to make place for the Romance languages. So Egyptian Arabic vs. Standard
>> Arabic is like French vs. Latin. And the Egyptian VIP is like a 13th
>> century monk. "Writing in the language of the people. How stupid...
>> Latin is a godly language."
> I have heard this before, but I am not convinced, because I have heard
> conflicting things from Egyptian people. I don't suppose you have a
> credible reference where I can read more about this, and which supports
> these claims?
> -- Tim Starling
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