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Re: [Bug-gnulib] Re: version-etc, AUTHORS, WRITTEN_BY

From: Paul Eggert
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnulib] Re: version-etc, AUTHORS, WRITTEN_BY
Date: 02 Oct 2003 16:41:49 -0700
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Bruno Haible <address@hidden> writes:

> Ehm, which language are you talking about?

Runyakitara.  Just kidding: I don't know Runyakitara.  Though I'm not
kidding about the existence of the language; it has millions of native

Seriously: I don't really know; I just suspect that the problem will
come up eventually, and I made up a language to try to make that point.

> I'm not aware of any language where it is _mandatory_ to prefix or suffix
> proper names.

Yes, I suspect that translators will be able to come up with
circumlocutions that avoid the prefixes, albeit with awkward

>    msgid "BEGIN blocks must have an action part"
>    msgid "END blocks must have an action part"

That's a bit different, since the msgids are computerese; they aren't
normal English.  Since they're awkward in English (the BEGIN and END
are capitalized because they're in some sense quoted), it's OK to
translate them awkwardly into Runyakitara.

> The ice in thin here, I admit. It's only the passive voice of "Written by"
> which saves us.

Here we're in agreement.  Anyway, I hope that we've provided enough
information to Jim so that he feels comfortable deciding.

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