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Posted By: Wilfried Schaum
31-Mar-04 - 04:12 AM
Thread Name: German folk song, help with translation
Subject: RE: German folk song, help with translation
As I expected the discussion is about the verse I had the most difficulties with.
The vote goes for Nigel's version; thanks to you all.

Q - Scientific German is a special form of language, mostly unintelligible for readers not of the same discipline, and this seems to be done deliberately. I became aware of this problem when reading Frederick Loewe's excellent work: The Loom of Language. Here he discusses the difference between German and English scientific language. The latter wins, because of a "democratic tradition" - everybody should be able to understand what he is reading.