[Foundation-l] How to dismantle a language committee

Mark Williamson node.ue at gmail.com
Mon Jan 12 01:37:17 UTC 2009

(oops, should be "divergent")

2009/1/11 Mark Williamson <node.ue at gmail.com>:
> Some Arabic varieties are more different than others. I would support
> a Wikipedia in Derja, for example (Maghrebi Arabic).
> Mark
> 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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