Date: Thu, 4 Jan 1996 10:30:05 -0500


Subject: greetings

Thanks to Allan Metcalf for telling me how to subscribe to this group. It

was nice to meet so many of you at the annual meeting in Chicago after

reading about your work for years. I especially appreciated Miklos Kontra's

insightful comparison of minority Hungarians in Slovakia with non-immigrant

Spanish-speakers in the Southwestern US. It makes you wonder if we shouldn't

insist that in those areas where non-English speakers are native, and this

would also include Pennsylvania Germans, Cajuns, and native-Americans on

their reservations, the federal government should guarantee, on demand from

the community, that instruction take place in both English and the other

native language.