[log in to unmask] kirjoitti:
li [Risto Kupsala] mi tulis la
Knowledge of a major language can be learned in school as a
doesn't have to be the medium of education since
kindergarten. In fact,
education in your native language generally leads to better learning
results than education in a foreign language.
Without the immerision at a young age, a child isn't likely to gain
enough fluency in another language.
That's rubbish and you should know that.
At a young age the child will
become more proficient in that language, and then there should be no
issue with teaching in it.
But what about the native language that is being marginalized? How will
a language develop literature and other cultural artifacts if it's
spoken only at home and streets?
languages would not isolate Cameroon or handicap its citizens. French
and English would hardly be excluded from curriculum at any
On the contrary, giving privileged status to the foreign languages is
destructive to the local languages, because their usage is
school, work and the media.
In the case of Cameroon, English and French are being taught in place of
local languages. The problem is that these children are being taught
two languages at once and confusing them thus resulting in Franglais.
Frananglais. But is it a problem?
Jacques mentioned Mexico. Imagine how bollixed-up Mexico
would be today if it had
decided to reject the evil European language, Spanish, in
favor of Nahuatl and the dozens of
other languages originally spoken there.
I don't think that wider usage of Nahuatl and others would have hurt
Mexico. Switzerland and South Africa seem to be doing fine with many
official languages and even Nigeria, the most multilingual country in
Africa, is doing much better than nearly monolingual Somalia.
Switzerland and S. Africa get along because there are lots of polyglots
in their populations.
What a theory! And how exactly does that work?
Nigeria's "doing well" (if you call it doing well) most likely has to
do with reasons having nothing to so with language, but the question is:
how much better would they be with a unifying language?
I didn't say that Nigeria is doing well, I said it's doing better than
Somalia. A unifying language would not guarantee anything in Nigeria,
just like it doesn't guarantee anything in Somalia and Iraq, to name
just two examples.