RE: Linguistic precedence [was: (TC304.2313) AND/OR: antediluvian

From: Michael Kaplan (Trigeminal Inc.) (
Date: Thu Jun 15 2000 - 10:43:10 EDT

> >> On the cover of my French driver's license, it says ``Driving
> >> license'' in 10 languages (all the EU languages at the time it was
> >> printed). The titles are ordered alphabetically by the name of the
> >> language in the language itself. The Portuguese don't seem to mind.
> >>
> >> (Fair enough, this only works because all bar one of the EU languages
> >> use the Latin script, and Greek has a standard transliteration. It
> >> comes between German and Spanish.)
>Sounds great...but *which* alphabetic ordering are we talking
about? :-)

Actually, in the case of the 10 EU languages being referred to, I do not
think there would be any dissention as to the order, would there be?
Admittedly if Lithuania was in the EU and there were countries that started
with a "Y" there as well, there would be problems with people who did not
understand the order and thought that the "Y" countries were jumping the
queue, but AFAIK there is no real difference except for Greek, and no one
disagress with its placement.


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