Sara
Let's discuss "the Problem of Multilingualism" ......
Apr 29, 2018 8:52 AM
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Sara, maybe you should get slightly more engaged in doing your own homework.
April 29, 2018

Certainly language is used as a political weapon, disenfranchising people from the vote, from benefits and from education while also being used to offer opportunities for agressive nations to claim "rights" over language groups outside their own borders.

I'm not naming names, but we all know who they are.

April 29, 2018

Quote from this article (a very interesting read, I highly suggest it): 

https://www.wired.com/insights/2014/10/language-interconnectedness-of-things/

"According to the MIT Indigenous Language Initiative, approximately 6,000 languages are spoken around the world. Of those, they say, only about 600 are “confidently expected to survive this century."

I believe the whole article is relevant to this discussion.


April 29, 2018
@Bill 

Well, making sure that speakers of minority languages can vote without knowing the majority language is easy enough to accomplish. It's slightly more complicated (but doable) with benefits. 

Education? That's where we get into interesting territory. If a sizable minority of a country's population (say, 20% or more) speaks a minority language (I mean one single minority language; I'm not talking about a situation where 20% of the population speaks one of 50 different languages), then it makes excellent sense to provide education in that language. 

But what if it's more like 2%? In that case, what's the point? (Well, I suppose there may be a point if it's a huge country and the 2% happen to be the majority of some province. Then you can organize education in that language in that province. Maybe.) You'll run into problems of scale, and even if you spend more money per student in minority schools, you'll still end up delivering an inferior education. And those kids will still need to learn the majority language (after all, the majority isn't going to learn their language), and if they fail to do so, there will be a price to pay. 
April 29, 2018
I wrote some comments on your recent notebook entries. Don’t get desperate Sara! The first year in college is always the most difficult one.
April 29, 2018
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Sara
Language Skills
Arabic, English
Learning Language
English