LINGUIST List 6.1662

Sun Nov 26 1995

Disc: Linguistic Diversity

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  1. Anton Sherwood, Linguistic Diversity on the Internet

Message 1: Linguistic Diversity on the Internet

Date: Sun, 26 Nov 1995 01:06:40 Linguistic Diversity on the Internet
From: Anton Sherwood <>
Subject: Linguistic Diversity on the Internet

Benjamin Ao <> looked at Usenet's soc.culture.*
groups, found 82 out of 116 recent postings were in English, and drew
some conclusions which, I believe, are not warranted for Usenet in

The Big Seven (news, comp, sci, soc, rec, talk, misc) speak English
almost exclusively; many other languages used in the national
hierarchies, some of which are quite large. I found recent articles
in the following languages in the listed hierarchies (which admittedly
do not propagate everywhere):

	Chinese: chinese, hk, hkstar, nctu, ntnu, ntu, tw, twbbs
	Danish: dk
	Finnish: finet, sfnet, hy
	Flemish: belnet, iae, nl, nlnet, xs4all
	French: fnet, fr, francom, mtl, nb.francais, qc
	German: at, blindnet, bln, braunschweig, chemnitz, cl,
		de, deceiver, dnet, entropie, fido, gay-net,
		ger, hannover, hannet, ka, kiel, maus, pfalz,
		ping, rhein-main, schule, stgt, t-netz, z-netz, zer
	Italian: it
	Japanese: fj, jp, jpmed, kansai, kanto, okinawa, page, pin, tnn
	Korean: han
	Norwegian: no
	Polish: pl
	Portuguese: br, brasil, pt
	Russian?: relcom, cs-monolit
	Slovak?: sk
	Spanish: chile
	Swedish: nordunet, sunet, swnet, swipnet
	Ukrainan: ukr

(In a few cases I made an educated guess.)

: 4. English is by far the most popular language on the Internet, even
: if the subject matter is highly culturally and ethnically oriented.

No quarrel there.

Anton Sherwood *\\* +1 415 267 0685 *\\*
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