Quebec Seeks to Ease Divisiveness
fleischa at georgetown.edu
Thu Apr 17 19:35:20 UTC 2003
Thanks for providing these examples.
A note on Greek though: the much cited distinction betwen Demotiki and
Katharevusa (which, the way I see it, would be an example of diglossia, but
not societal multilingualism) is outdated. Demotiki (the former L-variety)
has for many years been the standard variety commonly used in Greece, at
schools, universities, the workplace, in the media, etc.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joshua Fishman" <joshuaafishman at yahoo.com>
To: <lgpolicy-list at ccat.sas.upenn.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 12:07 PM
Subject: Re: Quebec Seeks to Ease Divisiveness
> Some Examples of Long-lasting (> 3 gens.)
> Societal multilingualisms: Basque-Spanish,
> Catalan-Spanish, +Swiss German-High German,
> +Sanskrit-Hindi, Classical Tamil-vernacular
> Tamil, +Kathurevusa-Demotiki, Hebrew-Aramaic,
> Yiddish-Hebrew, +Koranic-Vernacular Arabic,
> Mandarin-Cantonese, Sicilian-Italian,
> Greek-Egyptian demotic. These 12 examples differ
> in many ways from each other, including current
> stability, genesis-scenarios and functional
> allocations, but they have each lasted for well
> over 3 generations and are each still going
> strong in at least part of their own speech
> (+=Fergusonian diglossia)
> Joshua A. Fishman
> Joshua A. Fishman
> --- Survey Coordinator Brazil
> <survey_coord_brazil at sil.org> wrote:
> > Dear Dr. Fishman,
> > I'm glad to hear that group bilingualism can
> > last indefinitely in many
> > cases. I'm just not aware of many.
> > Guarani/Spanish in Paraguay comes to
> > mind. What are the many other cases?
> > Stan Anonby
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