Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 13:03:42 -0500

From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU

Subject: Re: FOR English Only

In spite of our technological advances, such

as this e-mail, communication is breaking down due to language

diversification. With the rate of growth of non-English communities,

it is increasingly difficult to maintain viable communication.

I assume you're talking about the number of different languages spoken

in the US. Right? Has anybody established a maximum number of different

languages appropriate for maintaining viable communication? Obviously it

has to be four or more since Switzerland seems to do ok.

Could you both start by explaining what you mean by "viable

communication?" at what level of interaction?


My response assumed that "viable communication" in the original posting

meant communication sufficient to maintain some sort of national identity.

--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]