I recently sent this to the GA. I think that we need to consider
Outreach and Education as paramount in correcting the systemic problems
of the lists. I believe that most confrontations and nastiness come
from the speakers frustration at being understood. Intranational
cultures and seemingly same language cultures are as big a burden what
is traditionally though of as Multilingual problems. Americas struggle
with Ebonics is a perfect example, as is the theory of machine language.
Thank you all for your comments on this thread. It indeed reveals great
overall confusion when it comes to multilingualism. The following may
help. Frustration in linguistics results from lack of understanding.
The frustration from lack of cultural and linguistic fusion on this list
is a great contibutor to the problems. Think of Asian politeness facing
Arizonan directness and either may be insulted without basis in fact.
I use Jeff's Texas bluntness as example because many take offense when
he means none and at least less would be taken in his culture.
ICANN needs all of our contribution in this matter.
Main Entry: lan·guage
Pronunciation: 'la[ng]-gwij, -wij
Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from
language, from Latin lingua -- more at TONGUE
Date: 14th century
1 a : the words, their pronunciation, and the
methods of combining
them used and understood by a community b (1) :
meaningful sound as produced by the action of the
vocal organs (2) : a
systematic means of communicating ideas or feelings
by the use of
conventionalized signs, sounds, gestures, or marks
meanings (3) : the suggestion by objects, actions,
or conditions of
associated ideas or feelings <language in their
very gesture --
Shakespeare> (4) : the means by which animals
communicate (5) : a
formal system of signs and symbols (as FORTRAN or a
logic) including rules for the formation and
transformation of admissible
expressions (6) : MACHINE LANGUAGE 1
2 a : form or manner of verbal expression;
specifically : STYLE b : the
vocabulary and phraseology belonging to an art or a
knowledge c : PROFANITY
3 : the study of language especially as a school
Main Entry: mul·ti·lin·gual
Pronunciation: -'li[ng]-gw&l, -'li[ng]-gy&-w&l
1 : of, containing, or expressed in several
languages <a multilingual
sign> <multilingual dictionaries>
2 : using or able to use several languages
- mul·ti·lin·gual·ism /-gw&-"li-z&m, -gy&-w&-/ noun
- mul·ti·lin·gual·ly /-gw&-lE, -gy&-w&-lE/ adverb
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