cowan at ccil.org
Mon Apr 30 05:27:36 CEST 2007
Lars Aronsson scripsit:
> From a philosophical standpoint, you need names for things only to
> tell them apart. If there was no difference between apples and
> pears, we could just call it "fruit" and that would be it. It
> follows that if there is a difference and you need a word for
> "apples", then you also need a word for "pears".
Such asymmetries are not unknown in folk taxonomies. Camels come in
one-humped (Arabian) and two-humped (Bactrian) species; there is the
specific term "dromedary" for the one-humped camel, but no analogous
word for the two-humped camel.
> It is peculiar (to me) already that "be-tarask" is registered
> without also registering a subtag for the other, official version
> of Belarusian. Suppose I start up my word processor and activate
> the spelling correction. Which dictionary do I want to use?
> Be-tarask or the other one that doesn't have a subtag? Is that to
> be called "be" without the subtag? The only similar case I know
> is de-1901 and de-1996, where both subtags were registered at the
> same time.
Since no one has requested such a variant subtag, we cannot act until
First known example of political correctness: John Cowan
After Nurhachi had united all the other http://www.ccil.org/~cowan
Jurchen tribes under the leadership of the cowan at ccil.org
Manchus, his successor Abahai (1592-1643)
issued an order that the name Jurchen should --S. Robert Ramsey,
be banned, and from then on, they were all The Languages of China
to be called Manchus.
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