Date: Tue, 5 Sep 1995 15:30:28 CDT From: Barbara Need Subject: Re: English-only I was at a joint meeting of the LSA and MLA in San Francisco some years back when California was considering such a law. Supporters of English Only were there as part of a panel. I asked, pointing out that, as a composition instructor I had become aware of the differences between my English and that of my students, [sorry, a comma is missing above] which English would be official. The answer: " Well, English English", of course! was the subtext. Meaing, I suppose, well English--there is only ONE English and it is the right one and it is mine (that is the speaker's). > Since I make sure MY students know that spoken English and written > English are two different languages, I'm curious what the good voters of > 22 states thought they were voting for -- written English only, spoken > English only, or "it don't matter!"? Can anyone in one of those 22 states > tell us if it was aimed at written only in their state? [above from Dan Alford] Barbara Need University of Chicago--Linguistics