Re: Evolving language or laziness? (#653920)

Subject: Re: Evolving language or laziness? (#653920)
From: Bill Burns <wburns -at- MICRON -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Mar 1996 11:51:47 -0700

14-MAR-1996 12:15:25.68

>>I'm always suspicious of a proposed change to a
>>language's basic structure that's endured since at least the days of William
>>the Conquerer and quite probably as far back as the birth of Christ.

>I'm not aware of ever having seen such a proposal.

>If you're referring to using "he" when the antecedent might be female, I'd
>be interested in seeing substantiating quotes from either of the dignitaries
>you mentioned, or from any of their contemporaries. ...RM

And I'd suggest some reading on the history of the English language to the
person who wrote the first comment. The structure of English has changed
considerably since the time of William the Conqueror. Even the ordering of
grammatical elements has changed since the middle English period.

Bill Burns
Assembly Training and Documentation Supervisor
wburns -at- micron -dot- com


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