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View Diary: ÍslensKos: The Icelandic Language (Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Lingustic Complexity) (183 comments)

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  •  Where is the compexity hidden? (8+ / 0-)

    Why have an 's' or an 'es' for plurals in English? Why not just have one dog and two dog?

    Native speakers of a language are unlikely to see their own mother tongue as complicated at all. Since languages evolved and language skills are acquired by infants, the complexity is due to the circumstances that the language came into being. We're making up new words everyday and even grammar is changing, albeit more slowly.

    Languages seem to shape the way and how people think, and so for English-speakers languages like Mandarin, which has a simpler grammar, are still challenging.

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