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    Language exceptions?

    Dear Teacher,

    As you know, each language has some exceptions to it's grammatical rules.

    My Q:

    What forces a language to have exceptions?

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    Re: Language exceptions?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ismaeltohari View Post
    Dear Teacher,

    As you know, each language has some exceptions to it's grammatical rules.

    My Q:

    What forces a language to have exceptions?
    Hi there, Welcome to the forum. We generally like to hear your answers first before giving our opinions. This teaches students to think and to take some responsibility for their answers.
    So, if you want to start with your ideas, I'd be happy to comment on them, and perhaps add to them.


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    Re: Language exceptions?

    Sorry, but I have no ideas so far!

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    Re: Language exceptions?

    Not a teacher.

    I can't speak for every language, but as for English, our language is so strange because it is a mix of several different languages. English is made from the ancient languages of the British Isles. The Germanic Angles, Saxons, Frisians, and Jutes; and the Latin-based French all brought their languages and rules with them when they conquered somewhere in the Britain. The language has been developed over hundreds of years of continuous use. As time moves on, some words just change meaning and some rules are adjusted for some reason. All the future generations adopt the changes and that's why we have exceptions.

    A linguist might have more (or at least more accurate) information as to how exceptions develop in languages. I am pretty sure that what I said is accurate, but I am not an expert in this area.


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    Re: Language exceptions?

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Language exceptions?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedeebo View Post
    Not a teacher.

    I can't speak for every language, but as for English, our language is so strange because it is a mix of several different languages. English is made from the ancient languages of the British Isles. The Germanic Angles, Saxons, Frisians, and Jutes; and the Latin-based French all brought their languages and rules with them when they conquered somewhere in the Britain. The language has been developed over hundreds of years of continuous use. As time moves on, some words just change meaning and some rules are adjusted for some reason. All the future generations adopt the changes and that's why we have exceptions.

    A linguist might have more (or at least more accurate) information as to how exceptions develop in languages. I am pretty sure that what I said is accurate, but I am not an expert in this area.
    You don't need to be an expert. In fact, the smarter your answer is, the less likely Ismaeltohari's teacher is to believe that s/he came up with it.


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    Re: Language exceptions?

    You don't need to be an expert. In fact, the smarter your answer is, the less likely Ismaeltohari's teacher is to believe that s/he came up with it.


    Ismaeltohari IS the teacher!

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    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    You don't need to be an expert. In fact, the smarter your answer is, the less likely Ismaeltohari's teacher is to believe that s/he came up with it.


    Ismaeltohari IS the teacher!
    That just makes it worse. He hasn't thought about it himself, yet he wants us to put an effort into it.


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    Re: Language exceptions?

    He hasn't thought about it himself

    I hope Ismaeltohari will respond to that.

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    Re: Language exceptions?

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    He hasn't thought about it himself

    I hope Ismaeltohari will respond to that.
    I don't see what there is to respond to. He's already said "Sorry, but I have no ideas so far!"
    If he is a language teacher, and has thought about it, but has no ideas still, it just keeps getting worse!
    But that's just my opinion.
    My hope is that, if he is interested enough in the question, he will think about it, and come up with at least some preliminary ideas, post them, and thus initiate a discussion.
    Last edited by Raymott; 14-Nov-2008 at 15:07.

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