[lg policy] St. Martin Needs a National Language Policy (fwd)
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On May 23, 2009, at 4:56 PM, Harold Schiffman wrote:
> St. Martin Needs a National Language Policy
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> Friday, 22 May 2009 10:31
> PHILIPSBURG - "St. Martin needs a national language policy,” this
> according to Rhoda Arrindell, head of the language division at the
> University of St. Martin (USM). Arrindell will be the guest on
> Conscious Lyrics radio magazine this Sunday, May 24, answering
> questions about the significance of language to the St. Martin
> identity, the benefits or challenges of multilingualism to the
> island’s people, and the need for a national language policy on either
> or both sides of St. Martin.
> According to Conscious Lyrics host Shujah Reiph, Arrindell will
> re-visit the tough question about whether there is a St. Martin
> language. “The idea is to have an expert link the interview issues to
> the 7th annual St. Martin Book Fair, June 4 -6, 2009.”
> “The book fair theme is ‘Wired,’ and by that we mean connectivity of
> people, ideas, activities, movements, language, literature, lifestyle
> and so on,” said Reiph. Arrindell is also a member of the St. Martin
> Book Fair Committee.
> Arrindell is expected to touch on the role of USM in fostering
> objective research for a national language policy. “A language policy
> will help in all areas of development, from our language of
> instruction, our court system to our tourism economy,” said Arrindell.
> Arrindell is a PhD candidate at the University of Puerto Rico. Her
> dissertation is on language, culture and identity in St. Martin.
> “I will ask Rhoda to reveal some of her scientific findings and
> explain their importance for social development. She will also reveal
> for the first time the full list of the authors from abroad and at
> home that are participating in the book fair,” said Reiph.
> The one-hour program on Radio Soualigua, 99.9 FM, starts at 12:30 pm.
> Conscious Lyrics Foundation and House of Nehesi Publishers organize
> the St. Martin Book Fair in collaboration with the St. Maarten Tourist
> Bureau and the University of St. Martin.
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