Re: [langue-fr] L'anglais est-il une langue universelle ?

Date: Wed Dec 20 2000 - 20:25:44 EST

At Wed, 20 Dec 2000 13:08:52 -0800 (GMT-0800), Alain LaBonté  <>
>[Alain] I had no intent of asking anything, but since you provoke me,
> I
>found something with which I wholeheartedly agree:
>>International forums and discussion groups should welcome contributions
>in all
>>languages if their participants were really seeking the best and most
>>interesting contributions. [...] If people want the best
>>from the Internet, they have to invite back the best by first realizing
>>original thoughts automatically entail the use of original modes of

So, one paw, most people are incapable of learning another language, but
on the other, forums should be in many languages, so people have to know
a dozen languages to understand them. Hmm.

The use of a forum is limited to its participants' ability to understand
the messages on that forum, including the language. A forum that mixes
English, Russian, Spanish, French, Hebrew, Greek and Chinese in equal proporation
will be of little use to many people; the signal to noise ratio will be
over 1/6 or 2/5 for most people. So 7 different forums will appear with
s/n rations approaching 1, and anyone wanting to communicate in multiple
languages can subscribe to multiple forums.

David Starner - ( off vacation)

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