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RE: Language X within scope of language Y

From: Peter Constable <petercon@microsoft.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Jan 2005 09:57:47 -0800
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To: "John Cowan" <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
Cc: "Misha Wolf" <Misha.Wolf@reuters.com>, <www-rdf-interest@w3.org>, <www-international@w3.org>, <ietf-languages@iana.org>

> From: John Cowan [mailto:jcowan@reutershealth.com]

> "Native" may be too strong, especially in languages of wider
> that cross country boundaries.  Swahili is probably a case of this:
> six out of seven speakers are non-native, and it is heavily used in
> several countries.

Fair enough, though coming up with a truly accurate definition that
deals with all sociolinguistic possibilities would be rather difficult.
Even allowing for L2 speakers it's not obvious how to express the right
idea. "FSI level 5 competency" comes to mind, but wouldn't mean much to
a lot of people.

Peter Constable
Received on Thursday, 20 January 2005 04:41:24 UTC

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