[lg policy] blog: Local Language Recognition Angers French Academy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 13 14:10:24 UTC 2010

Local Language Recognition Angers French Academy

Minor languages in France are dying out, but even so, any slightest
attempt to challenge the supremacy of French language still arouses
resentment of the nationalists. L’Académie française, the institution
defending the “purity of French”, has set an awful example for the
world. In their opinion, speaking Breton, Alsatian or Basque dilutes
French identity and threatens national unity. What an absurdity!

Why does France differ so strongly from other highly developed country
in language policy? If I dare say, the overemphasis of the “purity of
French” reflects to some extent its subconscious inferiority complex,
which dates back to the time when French lost its lingua franca status
to English. Well, we Chinese should learn a good lesson from this.

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