Language with the best classic literature of all time

Google DJ Okawari
May 27 14 Comments

(quality of nonfiction and literary fiction, including either ancient or modern texts of masterpiece)

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  • Apple / Eng kGUv48
    This question sounds super racist. I don’t think it’s possible for one language to have better literature than others. You can always translate
    May 27 4
    • Google DJ Okawari
      OP
      Let's not project psychological bias.

      Language is not race. I can speak multiple languages, for instance, but am not multiracial. If I can read Latin and Egyptian hieroglyphics, does that mean I am an ancient Roman or Egyptian?

      The question pertains to the original language of publication, not translations. But even then, not all translations are available. And they are usually of inferior quality, especially for poetry.

      Ignorance is exceeded only by ignorance.
      May 27
    • Microsoft
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      I could construct my own language that has no literature written in it whatsoever. Of course it’s not as good.
      May 27
    • Apple / Eng kGUv48
      Yeah but you could translate all the other literature to your new language and have it be just as good
      May 28
    • Microsoft
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      No because for example puns in one language won’t necessarily work in my language.
      May 28
  • Oracle 🍍🥥yes
    Won't most people vote by their ethnicity?
    May 27 2
  • VMware iamvirtual
    Meaningless poll. Even the representation bias aside, I doubt a lot of blinders are qualified enough to judge literature in all these languages. I guess I can judge Russian literature, and _may be_ English, to some extent. But I'm completely clueless about all the other languages you mentioned.
    May 27 1
    • Google DJ Okawari
      OP
      You haven't read all of the languages? What! That's inconceivable.

      The other world literature rankings I've consulted were all constructed by polyglots who know at least 19 (including the ancient variants, e.g. Anglo-Saxon and Homeric Greek). Come on now, young grasshopper.
      May 27
  • Google DJ Okawari
    OP
    I am well aware of representation bias through the sampling distribution. The solution is to divide by the corresponding number of votes here (for sufficiently large N):

    In which languages have you read, or been read to?
    https://us.teamblind.com/s/3b1x75Ed
    May 27 0
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    May 27 1
  • Microsoft moxbill
    Obviously the Metu Neter in heiroglyphics
    May 28 0

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