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]ra.msstate.edu)