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UN To Ban 'Unnecessary' Languages
Redundant languages blamed for adding to climate change,
terrorism and cultural division

CAMBRIDGE, UK (EnglishClub.com)
Tuesday April 1, 2008

— The United Nations is to hold its first debate on language
redundancy amid warnings that the problem is "a major
contributor" to climate change, a "massive threat" to
international security and the cause of "rifts and
divisions" within society.

Andrew Steiner, UNEP head:
"French causing damage"
Next week's meeting is the result of an improbable coalition
of interests, and follows sustained pressure from the US
Administration, the World Health Organization and the United
Nations Environment Program.
"We're reacting to two very sobering reports about the
impact on climate change of the huge number of languages in
use worldwide," Andrew Steiner, head of the United Nations
Environment Program, told Reuters news service. At the same
time Whitehouse spokesman Gordon Stanzel revealed serious
translation challenges for the CIA caused by "an abundance
of languages." Pointing to the fact that terrorists
typically use non-English languages amongst themselves, he
suggested that only by making English the world's "unique"
language could security be assured. Asked why the world's
"unique" language should be English and not, say, Chinese or
Spanish, he replied that English was already so dominant,
especially on the Internet, that it was obviously the best
language to choose and would cause the least disruption.
The current plan is to begin phasing out all non-English
languages, which are seen as redundant and "unnecessary" due
to the overwhelming dominance of English in the world
community.
Issues for debate
According to UN officials, unnecessary languages require
enormous amounts of paper for translations, resulting in
huge losses of forested areas, and these losses have become
"a major factor" contributing to climate change.
Furthermore, the eventual burning of this paper in
incinerators has a direct effect upon global warming by
boosting atmospheric temperatures "to an alarming degree".
On the security front, a plethora of obscure and redundant
languages are used by terrorists to hamper security efforts,
as they require time-consuming translation, and as a result
these languages constitute a "massive threat" to
Washington's war on terror.
And from a socio-cultural point of view, a multitude of
unnecessary languages hampers international communication,
with the inevitable misunderstandings resulting in "rifts
and divisions within the global village".

CLRF headed by Dr. Wong. Fears
of multiple-personality disorder
Latest research
Studies indicate that second-language learning is one of the
most stressful ordeals a student can face, and is known to
cause a wide range of medical and psychological disorders,
the treatment of which is a huge drain on health resources.
In one study, it was found that learning a second language
can facilitate the development of multiple-personality
disorder. Dr. Adrian Wong of the Camden Language Research
Facility notes that "this has been seen for example when
teachers assign 'second-language names' from a foreign
culture to learners in role-play exercises."
It has been theorized that the human brain is adapted to the
learning of a single language only, as for tens of thousands
of years this was all that human development required. Dr.
Wong suggests that the unnatural imposition of a second
language on the human brain can lead to a serious disruption
of its development, and added: "We can only speculate as to
the extent of the damage done. I submit that second-language
learning and teaching should be prohibited until more is
known about the effects of this activity on the human
brain."
"Lingua Non Gratae" to be phased out
Under the plan, languages will be phased out according to a
schedule based partly on a language's number of speakers
(Table 1). Languages spoken by fewer than one million
people, such as Welsh or Maltese, will be deemed lingua non
gratae by 2014. Languages with fewer than 25 million
speakers (for example, Greek or Hmong) will be LNG in 2021,
and below 50 million (say Romanian or Kurdish) in 2028. For
languages, like Thai or Turkish, with fewer than 100 million
speakers the date will be 2035. Next will come languages
with up to 250 million speakers, in 2042, and a billion
speakers in 2049. For technical reasons, French and Mandarin
will be subject to an accelerated withdrawal process setting
them outside the normal schedule. Citing the historical
place of French as a language of diplomacy, Steiner said:
"French in particular is causing enormous damage
environmentally. By clinging to a past notion of French as a
universal language, and trying to prop up its language
through institutions like l'Académie française, France is
thwarting the process of natural selection and adding
disproportionately to the problems of global warming."
LNG DateNative speakersExample languages
2014Fewer than 1 million speakersFaroese, Tuvaluan, Welsh,
Breton, Maltese, Icelandic
2021Fewer than 25 million speakersLao, Greek, Czech,
Swedish, Hmong, Afrikaans
2028Fewer than 50 million speakersAzerbaijani, Burmese,
Romanian, Dutch, Kurdish
2035Fewer than 100 million speakersThai, Vietnamese, Korean,
Punjabi
2042Fewer than 250 million speakersFrench*, Portuguese,
Russian, Japanese,
2049Fewer than 1 billion speakersMandarin**, Spanish, Arabic
*accelerated withdrawal date 2028
**accelerated withdrawal date 2042
Table 1 © EnglishClub.com 2008


L'Académie française or the French
Academy meets in Paris. Now there
are questions over its future.
Further issues
By 2049, when all languages other than English will have
been phased out, the only language that will have
international sanction will be English. All other languages
will be grouped under the heading of "Non-E" (non-English),
and it will be an offence to use, teach or publish Non-E.
Officials explain that a distinction will be made similar to
that made between drug users and drug dealers. People found
"using" Non-E (that is, speaking, listening to, reading or
writing it) will be weaned off Non-E in rehabilitation
camps. Anyone "dealing in" Non-E (for example, teaching or
publishing it) will be subject to more serious penalties,
including a mandatory prison sentence with no right of
appeal. Lawyers are already working on the legal
implications for such a framework, and a new department will
be set up within Interpol to coordinate police activity
internationally.
"Any language school owners in currently English-speaking
countries who imagine that the new laws will benefit their
business do not understand the concept," said Steiner. Since
one of the motives for stamping out redundant languages is
environmental, planners have already foreseen the
environmental dangers inherent in hundreds of thousands,
perhaps millions, of people travelling abroad for the sake
of improving their English. They propose two measures to
avoid such problems: the use of terms like "ESL" (English as
a Second Language) will be replaced by EOL (English as the
Only Language); and it will become illegal to travel abroad
to learn EOL. Steiner says the bonanza will go to the "EOL"
schools in what are currently non-English speaking
countries. Among UN plans are massive retraining schemes for
teachers in such countries.
Ironically, one of the last issues that will have to be
resolved is the thorny question of which variety of English
to use. Interpreting the doctrine of language redundancy
strictly, there is no room for more than one variety of
English. Washington is likely to argue that American English
is the modern, more vibrant variety that should be kept. The
Australian and Canadian governments are thought to be
commissioning studies intended to show why their varieties
should prevail. But the most likely outcome is for all
parties to accept the British argument that British English
is not only a purer form of English, but the original
language itself and thus not a variety at all. However, the
Language Redundancy Panel, which will be steering the new
plans through to fruition, will have ample time to resolve
the issue and will not need to make a decision until the
start of the second phase in 2021.

Published 12:01 am GMT April 1st, 2008
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2008\04\07@013240 by J FLETCHER

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So "Lingua Non Gratae" is English, right?
   "Lingua Non Gratae" to be phased out
 
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2008\04\07@014119 by David VanHorn

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Both the idea, and the date of the article seem highly suspicious.

2008\04\07@102319 by Mike Hord

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>  Is this for real...?!
>
>  UN To Ban 'Unnecessary' Languages
>  Redundant languages blamed for adding to climate change,
>  terrorism and cultural division
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>  CAMBRIDGE, UK (EnglishClub.com)
>  Tuesday April 1, 2008

Obviously not.

However, a fun thing about that article (assuming a minor degree
of factuality in some of it) is the list of language elimination dates
by number of speakers.  I was amazed to see French in the
"250 million or less" section.

Mike H.

2008\04\08@102551 by Howard Winter

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John,

On Mon, 7 Apr 2008 06:32:37 +0100 (BST), J FLETCHER wrote:

> So "Lingua Non Gratae" is English, right?
>     "Lingua Non Gratae" to be phased out

No, it's Latin, which was phased out several centuries ago!  :-)

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


'Interesting article - UN to ban unnecessary langua'
2008\04\08@103420 by Howard Winter

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Mike,

On Mon, 7 Apr 2008 09:22:56 -0500, Mike Hord wrote:

>...
> However, a fun thing about that article (assuming a minor degree
> of factuality in some of it) is the list of language elimination dates
> by number of speakers.  I was amazed to see French in the
> "250 million or less" section.

I think I'd have guessed that's the bracket they're in.  There are about 60million in France itself so they're into the "under 100million" just on their own, then I
imagine that adding on all of its former colonies would easily top 100million, and 250million is the next step.  Or did you think there would be more than that?  It
doesn't mention anywhere what sort of number of people speak English - personally I really have no clue, but I think I'd be surprised it it topped a billion.

The fact that Portugese is in the same bracket as French would surprise those who thought that in Brazil they spoke Spanish!  :-)

Bonus points:  Approximately what percentage (or fraction, for those watching in Black & White) of the World drives on the left-hand side of the road?  The
number is very similar whether you count population or number of countries, incidentally.

Cheers,


Howard Winter
St.Albans, England


2008\04\08@105105 by Enrico Schuerrer

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If you would be so kind and take a closer look into Africa and into the Pacific Area you will find the rest of the people to be above 100 million speaking French..

Wikipedia: "French (français) is today spoken by about 350 million people around the world as either a native or a second language,[7] with significant populations in 54 countries."

Regards
Enrico


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2008\04\08@113417 by Tamas Rudnai

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My partner is from Mauritius, and it was quite interesting to learn, that
the official language over there is English, all the subjects in school is
in English etc, however, much more people speaks French as a second language
(first languages are Kreol, Hindi, and Chineese but definitely not English).
They even speak French in offices and on the street.

So the question is that the over 1 mill population over there counted as
French spoken (it is only a second language there...)?

Tamas


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2008\04\08@120849 by Enrico Schuerrer

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>From the CIA factbook Mauritius:

Languages: Creole 80.5%, Bhojpuri 12.1%, French 3.4%, English (official; spoken by less than 1% of the population), other 3.7%, unspecified 0.3% (2000 census)

Sincerely

Enrico
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My partner is from Mauritius, and it was quite interesting to learn, that
the official language over there is English, all the subjects in school is
in English etc, however, much more people speaks French as a second language
(first languages are Kreol, Hindi, and Chineese but definitely not English).
They even speak French in offices and on the street.

So the question is that the over 1 mill population over there counted as
French spoken (it is only a second language there...)?

Tamas


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