November 24, 2006

Tensor v. Takemoto

You should head on over to TstT, to read the Tensor's comments on Timothy Takemoto's suggestion that Japanese would make a good international language. Takemoto's arguments are really much funnier than anything that pundits in the Anglosphere have come up with recently.

My only comment: it's an interesting (and I think healthy) sign that new and more outward-looking forms of nonsense are replacing the traditional discourse of linguistic Nihonjinron (see "The Japanese are Japanese because they speak Japanese", 4/6/2005).

Posted by Mark Liberman at November 24, 2006 08:49 AM