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What GPL/EU compatibility is needed?

What GPL/EU compatibility is needed?

Posted Dec 20, 2012 15:48 UTC (Thu) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
In reply to: What GPL/EU compatibility is needed? by man_ls
Parent article: European Union's open source license to become compatible with GPLv3

> A pity, but to tell the truth Latin grammar was hellish.
Not for Russian speakers. It's fairly easy to pick up Latin if you already speak a language with a case system that is close enough to Latin already.

So bring it on, Latin as the choice for the global language wouldn't be so bad.


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What GPL/EU compatibility is needed?

Posted Dec 20, 2012 18:21 UTC (Thu) by mpr22 (subscriber, #60784) [Link]

The three most common languages spoken as first languages have no case system at all (Standard Chinese a.k.a. Mandarin) or a vestigial case system (English, Spanish).

What GPL/EU compatibility is needed?

Posted Dec 20, 2012 23:02 UTC (Thu) by man_ls (guest, #15091) [Link]

It is quite revealing that all romance languages spawned by Latin lost the case system at some point. But it is not just that: in Latin the order of words in a sentence is completely arbitrary. Having a full degree of freedom in such a basic mechanism of grammar does not make it easy for speakers of highly positional languages.

What GPL/EU compatibility is needed?

Posted Dec 20, 2012 23:08 UTC (Thu) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523) [Link]

> It is quite revealing that all romance languages spawned by Latin lost the case system at some point.
And gained articles and fixed order of words instead.

Also, not all languages have lost it - German retains quite a bit of Latin gender system and somewhat reduced case system.

>Having a full degree of freedom in such a basic mechanism of grammar does not make it easy for speakers of highly positional languages.
I come from the other direction - fixed order of words is not such a big deal.

What GPL/EU compatibility is needed?

Posted Dec 20, 2012 23:13 UTC (Thu) by man_ls (guest, #15091) [Link]

German is not a romance language, and proud of it. You could make the case with English due to much influence from Latin and French, but English people would not appreciate it.


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