I woudl like to quote this post, instead of resharing because I don’t agree with everything there. I don’t think we have to forget our native languages, that’s why comparison to the switch from facebook to diaspora, which was made there seems deeply not right to me. I personally value my language, and it doesn’t make me feel good when I acknowledge threats it has.

Also, I have to say that I also fear simplicity in design. Simplicity can mean gaining flexibility and expressiveness, like in case with Oberon operating system and language, and it can mean something like Newlang, the language which was simple but was designed in order to rule those people.

Simplicity can also mean “don’t know what pointer is” which, I believe is wrong, because every programmer should know what pointer is. Simplicity can mean making phonemic orthography, and I am opponent of that. That approach, taken by communists, in my opinion, damaged Armenian orthography and language.

So I believe, simplicity does not always mean good design. However, good design is very often simple. Now the quote.

English vs. Esperanto:

English:

You sang nicely, AND You have sung nicely, AND You had sung nicely, AND You did sing nicely , AND You did use to sing nicely, AND You were singing nicely, AND You used to sing nicely.

Esperanto:

Vi kantis bele. :-)

#esperanto #design #simplicity #comparison #english #orthography #phonemic_orthography #language #armenian #oberon #programming #pointer #flexibility #expressiveness

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Yesterday I was thinking that Orwell is a very close writer to me. Not Kafka, for instance. George Orwell. I often repeat that language related questions are political. It turned out Orwell has a text about it.

A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks …… English …… becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts.

http://wikilivres.ca/wiki/Politics_and_the_English_Language

#language #orwell #politics #english #george_orwell

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This poor guy even could not finish the school, studied only three grades, because he was kinda retarded. Living near the border, he crossed the border with Azerbaijan, and got captured there.

This is the video how brave strong soldiers deal with him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqaJA_dIGYM

(Actually, may be he didn’t, and Azerbaijanianian military have captured him in Armenia, but our government tells us he crossed the border)

Then Azerbaijan military publishes photos of him dressed in military uniform.

And then he suddenly dies.

The cause of death reported is cardiac failure. Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense yesterday declared that Petrosyan is a member of a sabotage group, the four other members of which were killed; meanwhile, Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia spokesperson Artsrun Hovhannisyan informed Epress.am earlier that the Armenian Armed Forces have not suffered any losses and Karen Petrosyan is a civilian.

http://www.epress.am/2014/08/09/256701.html - in #armenian, no corresponding #english article
in english: http://www.epress.am/en/2014/08/08/armenian-villager-captured-yesterday-died-today-azerbaijan-defense-ministry.html

#armenia #azerbaijan #chinari #tavush

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Finding the Original Azerbaijan, or Aran

Ara Ghazarians talks to CivilNet about his English translation of Dr Enayatollah Reza’s book “Azerbaijan and Aran” that explains how political motivations, historic ties and and ethnic connections lie behind the use, or abuse, of the names Azerbaijan and Aran on two historic territories in the Caucasus and Iran — the Republic of Azerbaijan and the province of Azerbaijan in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKalUVotH_Y http://civilnet.am/ara-ghazarians-azerbaijan-and-or-aran/

#conflict #Azerbaijan #Aran #Caucasian-Albania #Iran #Armenia #Caucasus #history #geography #ethnography #archeology #translation #English #Enayatollah-Reza #Ara-Ghazarians #civilnet #azeri #azari #research #book #history-abuse #naming #politics #Turkey #expansionism #motives #absurdity #pan-turkism #fake #books #study #education

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it’s interesting that topics I believed are interesting only for my Armenian followers, themes I don’t share on my English language profile are still get attention in this Armenian language only stream.

May be that was a mistake to separate streams? May be I can just keep one mixed profile?

hmmm

#diaspora #languages #streams #armenian #english #posts

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