BlueberryWheats wrote:Maybe we should just use Newspeak. That'll keep all interactions doubleplus good.
salttee wrote:It could be worse. It might have been French.
rabenschlag wrote:Hi peeps,
I'm working in a business where social justice is taken fairly serious. So, we talk a lot about white privilege, male privilege, heterosexual privilege and so forth.
But, here is the big but, we rarely talk about language, and at the same time, it matters a lot. Write a business proposal, a scientific paper, a patent, give a talk, a presentation, negotiate IN YOUR NATIVE LANGUAGE vs. A FOREIGN language. It makes a huge difference. It's way easier in you native language. Less effort, more professionalism, more confidence. Superiority by language.
Now, in the business world, the science world, the politics world, the tourism world, English is the dominant language. As a German, if I want to be successful in my profession, I have to write, talk, and negotiate in English, not my native language. My British, Australian, New Zealandian, and US of A'ian colleagues have an edge on me, all the time. It sucks, it's a non-earned privilege, and nobody seems to care.
What do you think?
What can we do about getting even in terms of language?
Do anglophone people feel guilty about their anglophone privilege? Would they be willing to do something to get even?
Do other non-anglophone people also experience illegitimate disadvantage compared to native anglophones?
Why did Esperanto fail? Can there anything be done to revitalise it?
If not Esperanto, what would be an alternative to English? Latin? Ancient Greek? But this would be eurocentric....
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