Yesterday there was a VERY exciting article in my daily news paper, the _Taiwan News_, which said that the Executive Yuan has decided that starting next September all elementary students in Taiwan will be REQUIRED to study a native language -- either Taiwnese, Hakka or one of the Aboriginal languages. They are quickly settling on standardized Romanizations for these langs to be used in these classes. This is a HUGE change from past policy. It wasn't that long ago that students were physically punished and fined for daring to speak anything but Mandarin at school. Now they will be required to study the once-banned languages! ObConlang Have any of your conlangs been banned at any point in their histories? If so how did that effect their evolution?? Adam _________________________________________________________________________ Get Your Private, Free E-mail from MSN Hotmail at http://www.hotmail.com. Share information about yourself, create your own public profile at http://profiles.msn.com.