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And this distinguishes it from literary German or bureaucratic "Papierdeutsch" in what particular respect??

(Besides which, it's the finite verb that goes at the end!)

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Roland Hutchinson Did I point out the obvious factor that 16th-century Italian isn't quite the modern language, either. But it could be worse! It happens that...

But yes, technical German -- or even the German of ordinary encyclopedias or newspapers -- does delight in a degree of syntactical convolution that isn't common in the everyday spoken language. The non-native speaker trying to decipher it can easily come to grief. Scholarly prose in the humanities is no easier -- it's all "Wissenschaft"! ("science", but in the sense the word had two hundred years ago in English -- "learning", "systematically organized and critically examined knowledge" in the broadest sense)

I remember in my algebra clbutt at MIT, the professor (Michael Artin) wanted us to read an article in French. Some of the clbutt pointed out that they didn't read French. He said you could read mathematics papers in French pretty easily as they were mostly equations and the rest you could figure out with a dictionary. He then warned us not to overgeneralize1: in particular, that this strategy would not work with papers in German.

1 I don't recall that he actually used that word, but it seems a fitting way of characterizing the warning.

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Nick Spalding Then there's Mark Twain's famous "...studying German, where you mull along, in a groping, uncertain way...

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