Criteria for languages?

Peter Constable petercon at
Wed Dec 2 17:26:33 CET 2009

Whatever does this have to do with the topic?

Mark, has your question been answered satisfactorily?

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From: ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] On Behalf Of Michael Everson
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Subject: Re: Criteria for languages?

On 2 Dec 2009, at 15:12, John Cowan wrote:
> Michael Everson scripsit:
>> Sorry, but there are words in Nynorsk that educated adults will have 
>> to look up, at least from time to time.
> Well, naturally.  In an email I received recently, I had to look up 
> the word "ophelimity" which my correspondent had used.  That doesn't 
> mean that I need English web pages annotated with references to an 
> English dictionary.

Reductio ad absurdum. Actually all the "big" words are transparent between Nynorsk and Bokmål. It's the "little" words that get you.

>> The need for a Nynorsk-Bokmål dictionary is no less than the need for 
>> a Swedish-Bokmål dictionary or a Danish-Bokmål dictionary.
> In abstracto, yes.  In actual use by actual Norwegians, I doubt it.

Love that a priori reasoning.ål-nynorsk+ordbok%22&aq=f&oq=&aqi=g1

Michael Everson *

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