British identity and English (only?)
aurolynluykx at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 22 16:21:25 UTC 2005
As if having everyone speak English would ensure that
all Britishers share "certain codes of manners"! I
guess this guy has never seen John Gumperz's film
"Crosstalk" (which, as far as I know is out of print.
Anyone know where I can get it?).
--- Ronald Kephart <rkephart at unf.edu> wrote:
> At 10:12 AM +0100 9/22/05, Anthea Fraser Gupta
> >...Later in same programme, Dr Jeevan Singh Deol
> >(scholar of Sikh history) is interviewed:
> >Jeevan Singh Deol: "In the neighbourhood where I
> >live [Kings Cross, in London] young Bangladeshi
> >kids who've grown up in this country walk around
> >on the streets speaking among themselves
> >entirely in Bengali which is not the kind of
> >situation I would have seen when I was growing
> >up. Public discourse was in English."
> >James Naughtie: "Do you think it should be in
> >Jeevan Singh Dial: "I think it should be."
> The response I always wish I could give when I
> read or hear an exchange like this goes something
> "Well, gee, and when *your* English (±) speaking
> ancestors showed up in England back in the 700s,
> the people walking around on the streets were
> speaking among themselves in some form of Gaelic!
> I wonder what happened to them... Oh wait, your
> ancestors drove them to the fringes of the
> British Isles, and even unto Brittany, and then
> insulted some of them by naming their fringe
> territory Wales, from Old English for
> 'foreigners'. Stuff happens."
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