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  •  Starting in the late 19th century (4+ / 0-)
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    Ojibwa, Magenta, Aunt Pat, martini

    it became a major language of science. That continued even into the 1980s in some fields. It was because they were publishing important things in German.

    It wasn't THE language of science, but I was trying to write a short post.

    I'll put it another way: If it turns out Swahili is better at coining new words for technology, you think suddenly Swahili will be the lingua franca for the sciences/technology?

    •  Thats is absurd... (1+ / 0-)
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      GeorgeXVIII

      No practically unused language from a backward society will become the language of science.

      Originally Latin was the language of science in that it was used to communicate new thought across many regions with different languages much like French was used for diplomacy.

      That is how English is used today. German was only a language of science in that they had a lot of scientists but other countries didn't use the language to cross communicate.

      Now I'm not saying Latin and English are/were used for the same reason, but one of the reason English is used for it above our technological advancement is because of its ability to coin words just like French was used for diplomacy because it was so precise even after they lost a lot of their world power.

      In German the word for computer is computer even though when computers were first being created it is easy to argue German was the most advanced nation on the planet.

      Not only can a small group of dedicated people change the world, its the only thing that ever has.

      by fToRrEeEsSt on Sat Dec 08, 2012 at 06:50:40 PM PST

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