Date: Wed, 16 Mar 1994 12:54:25 -0600 From: Charles F Juengling-2 Subject: Re: French linguistic legislation On Wed, 16 Mar 1994, Gregory J. Pulliam wrote: > Regarding Mike Picone's point about the French perception that their ways > of thinking may be losing ground to anglo-style ways, well all I can say > is good riddance! ;-> Their condescending attitude toward tourists who > try to use French but screw it up seems to be unique in the world, and > probably accounts in large part for the ascendancy of English and Spanish, > whose speakers seem to think in ways that are much are accepting and > encouraging. One of the in-jokes on the new Star Trek series is that > French is a dead language in the 24th century. The real joke is when DATA informs the crew, much to Picard's ire, that French was a relatively minor/ unimportant language! In all seriousness, it > does seem to me that if the French academy continues to prescribe usage, the > official and vernacular versions of the language are bound to diverge ever > more greatly, which could make official French a modern-day Latin. > GPulliam > humpulliam[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]