[wilhelmtux-discussion] French @ guillaume.

Claude Almansi claude.almansi at bluewin.ch
Thu Jul 8 22:27:19 CEST 2004

Hi Felix and Dietrich

Though I'm a reibe Welsche of the worst ilk (genevoise), I would prefer NOT to have a separate French mailing-list. It's a question
of critical mass, there just aren't enough of us to make such a list viable.

In Myriam Schweingruber's report on the meeting with Georg Greve, I read you broached the language issue there, and that you, Felix,
suggested a meeting in Sept or Oct about the language issue. That's a great idea. But maybe we could have  a survey before the
meeting, asking people to grade their reading and writing competence in national languages + English, and indicating, if any, a
group they belong to (guls for instance).

This would help the organisers elaborate proposals for that meeting.

The group indication might come handy not to exclude people who "fall off the bell curve" linguistically, but might still wish to
participate in the discussion: one of these groups might offer a translated summary.

But I only mean people who really fall off the bell curve, i.e. who can only access one of (national languages+english), and one
where others are not at ease.

I did that kind of resume in English or French for a while for someone who didn't know German at all. I meant well but it was a
wrong move: A) she withdrew from the list all the same. B) the problem remained for many other French-speakers - see the fact the
PLLA site is still there, although only used once in a blue moon, whereas we were meant to merge (or weren't we?)

As to what form the survey should take, you are the software specialists. I know a couple of online joints where you can make one,
but I'm not sure about thier software ethics.



Claude Almansi
claude.almansi at bluewin.ch

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