End of ADS-L Digest - 17 May 1996 to 18 May 1996 ************************************************ There is one message totalling 56 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. English only ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sat, 18 May 1996 13:31:30 +0000 From: "Albert E. Krahn" Subject: English only Dennis Baron wrote: Date: Tue, 14 May 1996 21:32:34 -0500 From: Dennis Baron Subject: Re: English Only Amendment Illinois has had an official language since 1923, when American was declared the language of the state. This law was put through by an anti-British coalition of Irish and Jewish Chicago pols, who wanted to express their displeasure at the treatment by the mother country of Ireland and Palestine. In 1969 the law was quietly amended to make _English_ the official language. But it has had no practical effect. It is laws like that of Arizona, which the US Supreme Court has recently agreed to review, that can actually be punitive. The AZ law forbids government employees from using any language other than English in the course of their jobs. It was declared unconstitutional on 1st amendment grounds by the US Circuit Court. The Supreme Court will also rule on the broader issue of whether states can make laws establishing an official language. Copies of federal legislation currently being considered (the Language of Government Act and constitutional amendments, together with comments by supporters and opponents which appear in the Congressional Record, are available on Thomas, the Library of Congress Web Site. I have just received a transcript of the hearings held last October on language legislation. Dennis -- Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uiuc.edu Department of English office: 217-333-2392 University of Illinois fax: 217-333-4321 608 S. Wright Street home: 217-384-1683 Urbana, IL 61801 ---------- Wisconsin is working on one of these stupid laws, too. Do you think we could sue the Attorney General if the law passes and get him to change his name to General Attorney -- and alter all the records from the past hundred years to read in proper English word order? Perhaps we could drag the Surgeon General into court, too, especially whenever he talks in Latin and Greek words instead of translating aureomycin into golden fungus. Or maybe the judges could be fined if they uttered such things as habeas corpus. I wonder what the ACLU would think about it. After all, what's sauce for the goose . . . . AKRA