linguoboy wrote:(Split-)Ergativity scared me, too. Then I learned some Hindi and was like, "What was the big deal?"
It's an alien concept, I guess. Like agglutination, which also used to scare me quite a bit.
@Talib: How is it useful as Mandarin? You need to explain that argument better, as well as why MSA is all what a foreign needs like you seed several weeks ago.
Because it's the standard language which, although the population has different dialects, will generally understand.
All Arabs should know decent MSA, barring those in countries with poor education (which I wouldn't go to anyway) and perhaps most importantly they don't really expect foreigners to learn their dialects. MSA is the prestige language and most media and learning materials are in it.
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