On Sat, 2003-10-04 at 12:29, Behdad Esfahbod wrote:
> Well, you're probably right, but then the suffixes are going to
> lose all their meaning as a suffix.  After a while there would be
> no common sense between words ending with "ak"... (and yes, there
> would be no suffix, some new words).

Guest what? The suffixes have already lost their meanings. This same
"-ak" is a good example. You want language control and mathematical
semantics, which is more than impossible with a language like Persian,

> "-gaan" is not anything special, it's just "aan" for plural,
> joined to a word ending with "hah-e naamalfooz".  Just like
> "saadegaan".  So it means "datas".  But again AFAIK "data" and
> "daade" are both plurals.  Don't know about "paadegaan".

I am sorry, I am not talking about *that* "-gaan". I'm *only* talking
about the "-gaan" in "paadegaan".

> > That's an abbreviation: FTP = "gharaardaad-e enteghaal-e parvande":
> > "gheyn", "alef", "pe". If you have problems with abbreviations, don't
> > use them.
> And write "gharaardaad-e enteghaal-e parvande" everywhere?

Write "FTP" if you like, or whatever you prefer. Go with "fetepe" if you
like that. Or call it "chiz" ;-)

You're definitely not bound by any of the requirements of the Academy.

> > This is the translation of the "Redo" menu, not the action of
> > "redo"-ing. I agree that it's not that good, but I've not seen many good
> > ones. Your suggestion?
> "az no" reminds me of "reset" in forms.  "dobaare" and "tekraar"
> may have the same meaning as "az no", but do it better, again

At last something I can pass. I'll ask the guys.

> > >   * scroll -> "navardidan"!
> >
> > The problem? Your suggestion?
> "navardidan" is completely another word, isn't?  It do not hold
> the feeling of rolling in a single direction, and it contains a
> sense of a challenge, that cannot be ignored.  My suggestion?
> Good question.

OK, from my Moaser Persian Dictionary: "[adabi] dar mohit, mantaghe, yaa
masiri harekat kardan va az noghte-i be noghte-ye digar-e aan raftan".

I can't see the sense of challenge there. I agree that it's not
"scrolling" exactly, but what translation has the exact senses of its
original word? Time will give all the senses to it.

> > >   * output (device) -> "khorooji"
> > >     (Isn't "khorooji" also a noun in Persian?)
> >
> > It's *only* a noun in Persian, as far as I can tell. I'm not getting
> > what you mean. Would you explain? From what I get, is that they are
> > translating the "output" of a program as "boroon-daad", but an "output"
> > device as "dastgaah-e khorooji".
> Exactly.

What is the problem then?

> The problem is that, they are misusing their power to decide for
> the language!

They have been asked to do so. We need an authority for the language.
American English has Merriam-Webster, British English has Oxford, German
has Duden, and French has its Academie. They are trying their best to
provide authority. As far as I can tell, they are coming to a point of
good output.

Well, I could never ever think about defending the Academy, but I'm
doing that. Why? First, because they're having some good-enough output
(which, well, you don't agree to, which I can understand). But second,
because I've seen the anarchy out here, everyone considering
himself/herself the authority, without even consulting the references.
Haven't you? Aren't we on the same front exactly because of that?

> You and I could have been decide on many
> technicall matters, and spread it all around the world by coding
> that here and there.  But we have never done that so to decide
> for others.

We have never done that, since we know our work is not authoritative
enough. Because it has not been the result of a consensus of experts.
Academy's output is partially the result of such a consensus.

> Better the propose words and wait some 5 or 10
> years, and decide if that can be settled.  "rayane" is setteled
> down.  But the way they do it, they force many bodies to follow
> their word.

Well, these are not exactly *new* words. The words have been around and
used for a long time by some translators. ISI's word list (masterminded
by Dr Mashayekh) is the main source for these, as is Mohammadifar's
Computer Dictionary (published by Moaser), and the entrepreneurial works
of Dr Rohani-Rankoohi and Dr Badi', all of whom are members of the
computer terms committee (with a few other people). I can't say they
haven't seen all the references: they have. I've talked all of them (but
Dr Rohani-Rankoohi) on different matters, and I know they don't move an
inch in these waters without contacting every reference they can find on
the matter.

It's easy to start calling them "fossil"s, as we young people love to
do, and close their dossier so easily, but we need to separate real work
from just inventing random words (like some people we know have been
doing). I really believe you should provide feedback to the Academy, and
see what reasons they have.

I'm meeting Dr Mashayekh (the head of the computer terms committee) to
talk on exactly the same subject this Wednesday morning. I promise I
forward every bit of good comment I receive by then to him.


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