Date: Wed, 13 Sep 1995 10:14:50 MST From: Tom Uharriet 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? > > Could you both start by explaining what you mean by "viable > communication?" at what level of interaction? > Back to basics, communication at all levels of interaction is easier to establish and maintain when a language is shared. The greater the diversification, the more complicated the problem of communication becomes. This line of thought is nothing new. Who among us finds it as easy to communicate with people whom they do not share a common language? Why complicate the obvious? If I moved to Poland, I would need to find someone to translate for me. (Notice, I would take responsibility for that. I would not expect the Polish government to pay for it--even if I do pay taxes there.) Until I learn their language, I would be an outsider. My ability to communicate--and to become one with those people--would only increase as I aquired Polish. At what level of communication does my language skills not matter? Tom Uharriet utom[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]