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Je 01.39 ptm 2006.10.18, Antony ALEXANDER skribis

>The folowing article from today's "Daily Telegraph" is one of many 
>that could be cited to illustrate
>the continuing - perhaps increasing - dominance of English in the 
>"world" of light entertainment.
>
>http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2006/10/18/btmammamia18.xml
>
>This is the auxlang forum - right - but among all the discussion of 
>new constructed languages it
>is easy to forget that English is way, way ahead of all opposition, 
>and is likely to remain so for a
>long time.

Probably until the middle of this century, though by that time I 
expect we (or at least those of us who are still around) will be 
seeing Chinese as the coming language (unless something really 
catastrophic happens to one linguistic group or the other in the 
meantime; as 1989-1991 proved in the USSR and its empire, it's 
difficult to predict sociopolitical discontinuities ahead of time).

>And also today I happened to see a historical snippet that in 
>January 1965 the Esperanto Club in a
>small local town of approx. 30,000 pop. elected a new president. 
>This is interesting because
>Esperanto seems to be more or less extinct in this part of the UK (I 
>doubt whether there is even
>one Esperantist in that town now). I just looked in the phone 
>directory but it isn't listed anywhere
>in the area.

Two questions:

(1) Did you check in 1965 to see if "it" (I presume you mean 
Esperanto) was listed in the phone directory _then_?
(2) Did you check to see whether there is an Esperanto group (or even 
a single Esperanto speaker) in that town now? Or are you just assuming?

(Lack of a group would not surprise me, however. Esperanto groups, 
perhaps like other such groups, and specifically small ones, seem to 
have a definite life cycle. They usually start out well, with the 
individuals who found them aiming to promote Esperanto, or to have 
the club serve as a place to get together and practice the language, 
or some combination thereof; but in a few years or decades the 
membership, which has become a group of old-timer buddies, tends to, 
perhaps unintentionally, freeze out newcomers, thus becoming a 
restricted-membership social group. Ultimately, the membership dies 
out and the club disappears until, some years later, a new group of 
people found a new one in the same place, often without realizing 
that there was ever a group there earlier.)

>Moreover, the world's governments, being nearly all socialist by now,

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