15.575 monolingualism & Humanist

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty (w.mccarty@btinternet.com)
Date: Tue Apr 09 2002 - 03:08:34 EDT

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 575.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2002 07:47:25 +0100
             From: Wilhelm Ott <zrlot01@zdv.uni-tuebingen.de>
             Subject: Re: 15.567 monolingualism

    Dear all,

    On Mon, 8 Apr 2002, Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard
    McCarty <w.mccarty@btinternet.com>) wrote:

    > Date: Mon, 08 Apr 2002 06:58:49 +0100
    > From: Stefan Sinclair <ss@huco.lang.arts.ualberta.ca>
    > > .......
    > P.S. Hopefully the (iso-8859-1 encoded) accents in this message don't get
    > hopelessly deformed, thereby adding weight to complaints of
    > monolingualism.

    No, the accents did not get hopelessly deformed - the accented letters
    are simply missing. Not only in the copy I see with my mailer, but
    also in the copy in the Humanist Archives accessible over the net,
    leaving there for future textual studies or linguistic evaluation of
    this potential "corpus of correspondence on computers in the humanities"
    such interesting words like littraire, universit, encyclopdie, tienne.

    (I admit that death is sometimes better than life-long torture...)

    I show up again, because about 5 weeks ago I reported to the moderator
    of this list a similar behaviour of the software used by Humanist towards
    German umlauts.

    Must we, to avoid monolinguism, recommend Latin as a second language
    (Latin does have neither umlauts nor accents)?

    Wilhelm Ott

    Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Ott phone: +49-7071-2970210
    Universitaet Tuebingen fax: +49-7071-295912
    Zentrum fuer Datenverarbeitung e-mail: ott@zdv.uni-tuebingen.de
    Waechterstrasse 76 http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/zdv/
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