Jurgen Wullenwever wrote:You are not willing to pay for a doubling of language services, so it is your fault that language A in country B is relegated to an unofficial and unsupported position.
Uh, when the hell did I ever say that?
I quoted that above, from the top of page 5, I think it was:
Jurgen Wullenwever wrote:
Talib wrote:I don't say "I shouldn't have to pay for it" in reference to the police or courts. I say it in reference to state program intended to benefit certain interest groups, in this case linguistic minorities.
I read that as spending no extra money on extra languages. (Which has been a normal situation in many countries.)
Chekhov wrote:Irrelevant to the point. (By the way, there are countries with no official language, such as the United States.)
I am not that well informed of the US policies. Have there never been any pressures from the government regarding what language to be used in any situation, say, in the army, or in court, or ... ?
Chekhov wrote:Forcing people to speak a different language for political reasons is wrong. This thread is about linguistic rights: ie. the idea that everyone has them.
Has everyone the right to speak the language of the country, or has everyone the right not to speak the language of the country?
There are three groups of inhabitants in country B:
-the remaining B-speakers
-previous B-speakers who have shifted language to A.
Should all of them have the right to use their current language for everything, or
should all of them have the right to use the country's language (B) for everything, or
should there be special cases?
Now I read in the original post that there was only one country, with two languages, and that the question is about denying language rights to A-speakers in B-majority areas. Perhaps one needs to be more familiar with the situation. If a single family moves to another country, they should learn the local language, but if a large group of settlers arrive somewhere, they could try to keep their language.
Chekhov wrote:I don't know about naive worldviews, but Jurgen Wullenwhatever pisses me off to no end because of his extreme pessimism and cynicism. You'd think the world was going to end imminently when talking to that guy.
Jag är rebell: jag sockrar teet, saltar maten, cyklar utan hjälm, och tänder glödlampor.
(Ovanstående var förut, nu försöker jag minska sockret och saltet.)