Friday, November 14, 2003

Foreign Language Followup


Did not California Proposition 63 make English the official language of the state? If so, then would not any language other than English truly be considered a foreign language? No matter how upsetting it might be for people to be told that their native tongue is a "foreign" language in a curricullum description, it has to be immeasurably more important for them that the state of Califronia does consider Englsh to be exclusive official language of the state, thus making every other language foreign.


The real question, clearly, is whether the otherness expressed by the word "foreign" extends farther than its pure linguistic component of meaning, "different from" into the semantic sphere of "foreigner", with all attendant (for many people) negative connotations that have nothing to do with the language and everything to do with some presumed birthright.

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