official english legislation
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jun 1 06:27:11 UTC 2001
At 12:35 PM -0500 6/1/01, Mai Kuha wrote:
>On Fri, 1 Jun 2001, Jordan Rich wrote:
>> > `(a) UNIFORM LANGUAGE TESTING STANDARD- All citizens
>>should be able
>> >to read and understand generally the English language text of the
>> >Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Laws of the United
>> >States made in pursuance of the Constitution.
>> Absolutely horrible.
>> How can anyone vote for this in good conscience?
>This is a bit off-topic, but, now that you point out this part, I can't
>help wondering whether the average native speaker of American English can
>understand these texts.
Presumably this requirement will be used as a retroactive screening
for all current citizens. It will certainly make it easier to count
the votes in the next election, since there will be so many fewer
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