Friday, August 13, 2004

Language debates

More countries than Norway argue over language. This was the news this morning, and when I checked out a Fistful of Euroes, they have a long article on the German language controversy.

AFOE had the same immediate response as me to the news: "Spiegel, and I imagine the rest of the refusenik press, is indulging in the single most common reason why spelling reforms are rejected: Old people don’t like them."

Now, for a German publisher, Spiegel is interesting, as the ownership is as far as I can establish independent of Axel Springer Verlag, which owns a hefty portion of the German media. But for some reason, in Germany the independent media are the conservative media!

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