[Ads-l] Don't make English official, ban it instead

Baron, Dennis E debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Sun Feb 22 06:05:50 UTC 2015

Apparently the earlier link is broken. This one works: https://illinois.edu/blog/view/25

For International Mother Language Day I’ve reposted a slightly updated version of “Don’t Make English Official, Ban It Instead.”

It's International Mother Language Day<http://www.un.org/en/events/motherlanguageday/>, and once again, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering legislation<https://www.congress.gov/113/bills/hr997/BILLS-113hr997ih.pdf> to make English the official language of the United States. Supporters of the measure say that English forms the glue that keeps America together. They deplore the dollars wasted translating English into other languages. And they fear a horde of illegal aliens adamantly refusing to acquire the most powerful language on earth.

I would like to offer a modest alternative: don’t make English official, ban it instead.

. . . . read the full post at the Web of Language:https://illinois.edu/blog/view/25<http://illinois.edu/blog/view/25>

Dennis Baron
Professor of English and Linguistics
Department of English
University of Illinois
608 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801

office: 217-305-0067
English Dept: 217-333-2390
fax: 217-333-4321


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