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- From: John Cowan <email@example.com>
- To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Sat, 27 Nov 1999 22:08:09 -0500 (EST)
Didier PH Martin scripsit:
> Hi John,
> Thanks for correcting my comment about the Eskimo words for snow (and I
> learned something useful in the process, so many thanks for this).
I'm glad; I have dedicated myself to stamping out this many-words-for-snow
meme where I find it.
> This nonetheless, do not diminish the fact that for an Eskimo to be able to
> markup in its own language is a minimal right and respect from the rest of
> the planet toward its own culture. Also, that XML is a framework used to
> create domain languages. Am right this time?
I absolutely agree.
> And as such, a domain language
> may equally well created in Japanese, Chinese, German, English, Spanish,
> Portuguese, French, Russian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish... By the way (I do
> not want to make an error this time) how many different languages do we have
> on our spaceship named earth?
About 6000, depending on how you define "language" and your criterion
for being a dead language (perhaps 20% are at least moribund if not actually
dead). Unbelievably, about 1000 languages are found solely on the island
of New Guinea, which occupies less than 1% of the Earth's land area.
See http://www.sil.org/ethnologue for details.
John Cowan email@example.com
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