official english legislation

Herb Stahlke hstahlke at GW.BSU.EDU
Fri Jun 1 19:54:50 UTC 2001


The average sophomore English major in our Language and Society classes has trouble with Wolfram and Schilling-Estes' American English.  Late 18th c. legal and political writing?


>>> mkuha at BSUVC.BSU.EDU 06/01/01 12:35PM >>>
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?
> Jordan

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.


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