Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 23:12:18 -0400 From: TERRY IRONS Subject: Re: FOR English Only On Mon, 11 Sep 1995, Tom Uharriet wrote: > particular dialect. That is a different issue altogether. English > Only legislation eliminates states' requirements to provide education > and state materials in any language that is spoken (as a native > language) within those states. >... English Only legislation does not discourage > people from using their own dialects. Nor does it prevent one from > learning a second or third language. It simply says that those > states are able to publish in English without being required to make > multiple language versions. Likewise, they can teach in English > without protecting their students from needing to learn this > language. > > be able to freely communicate. English Only legislation has nothing > to do with dialects. What is does have to do with is eliminating our > mandated non-expectation of immigrants to learn to communicate as > freely in Standard American English as we do. > > > Question: who is the "we" above? English Only legislation is also a veiled position stating that monolinguals need not learn to communicate as freely in another language just as its adherents would have non-native speakers of English lects do. The Equal Protection Clause of one of them-thar emendationments to that that-thar constituation thang that them guys writ in Anglish whan they shud of knowed to use some really good langage likes Latin or Iroquois (and why they din't use Frenchy is beyond me cuz Jefferson writed lots of stuff in Frenchy) is the impetus underlying multilingual documents and bilingual education in the US of A (WAVE THAT FLAG HIGH, GOOD OLE BOYS!) There was some Supreme Court case to that effect. I do not have my materials on it at home so I cannot give the exact citation. It involved the Board of Education of San Francisco and the local Chinese community. For a public institution to fail to communicate to a citizen constitutes a violation of equal protection before the law. The burden of communication rests in the public institution, not the five year old who has grown hearing only Spanish, which has been spoken continuosly on this continent longer than English. (Or insert Chinese in the above sentence to get closer to the original case. For dialects and the burden of communication there is an appellate (I believe) court decision from Ann ARbor. But these are facts that are known and I would presume respected by all members of this list. If not, I humbly say, get the F*** off. SO much for my flame this week. My point in raising these facts is this: can state legislation, as the posting that I cite above suggests, in fact overturn the Supreme Court decision of 1974 mentioned above. Can a state pass legislation that violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment to the US Constitution? English first maybe, but I question that. English Only? NEVER. Terry (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)