[tex-hyphen] should bahasa be a synonym for Indonesian?
P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Wed Nov 27 21:38:18 CET 2013
Jonathan Kew wrote:
> On 27/11/13 19:21, Scott Kostyshak wrote:
>> There appear to be 742 languages of Indonesia
>> . Are those languages not "Indonesian"?
> While there are many hundreds of other languages spoken in Indonesia
> (see also http://www.ethnologue.com/country/ID/languages), which thus
> may be referred to as "Indonesian languages", they are not actually
> named "Indonesian"; they each have their own name(s).
But Scott did not ask 'Are those languages not /named/ "Indonesian" ?';
he asked 'Are those languages not "Indonesian" ?', which I would
argue is a very different question. If we consider the languages of
China, I think few Sinologists would claim that all but one are not
"Chinese". This seems a valid parallel to me.
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