Re: [OT] Close to latin

From: John Cowan (
Date: Wed Jan 03 2001 - 09:10:18 EST

On Tue, 2 Jan 2001, Antoine Leca wrote:

> I am a bit biased here, but I believe that spoken French is much less
> weird than _written_ French is (is there many languages where spelling
> contests is one of the most viewed TV programs?)

Written French is indeed remote from spoken French, but on the other hand
is much closer to the other written Romance languages. If French were
written as spoken, hardly a word would be recognizable to
speakers of Spanish, Italian, ... or even English. Since much of
interlinguistic communication is in writing, this is significant.

John Cowan                         
One art/there is/no less/no more/All things/to do/with sparks/galore
	--Douglas Hofstadter

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