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Thursday, April 29, 2010

IS THE USA A THREAT TO THE LONG-STANDING CULTURES OF OTHER COUNTRIES? IS THE SPREAD OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE A THREAT TOO?

Today's Buggy Topic

Along with some historical observations about the French, Spanish, Italian, and Germany languages and evolution, plus some comparisons with the much simpler grammar and syntax of English, the overall topic is captured faithfully enough in the subject-title here.  As you'll see if you click here for the bug-stuff, the three Latin languages have had elitist, guard-dog academies with official or semi-official status for centuries --- their mission, to preserve the purity of their languages as a major part of nation-building and, these days, to defend their languages and cultures against the constant impact of English and modern American cultural influences of all sorts. 

A Partial Exception

German, a highly inflected language with three genders and the lack of a subject-verb-object syntax is even harder for working-class kids and growing immigrant communities in Europe to master than the three Latin languages, full of finicky grammatical pitfalls compared to English.  German has traditionally had no official academy like those Latin-derived languages, but all attempts to simplify the language have generally failed --- the left-wing intellectuals that dominate German media and the universities utterly opposed, like their counterparts in France, Italy, and Spain, to removing huge obstacles for disadvantaged children to advance further in their educational systems.