At 03:13 PM 12/10/98 +0000, Darren Wyn Rees wrote:
>On Wed, Dec 09, 1998 at 01:01:48PM -0400, Neil McEwan wrote:
>> Mainly because there's more money in it -- English is the passport to
>> world at large and to economic success. The desire for economic expansion
>> is driving the process of global standardization as a whole, so the spread
>> of English in Wales and in the Highlands is just part of a problem that is
>> much bigger; that is why we can't assign any special blame to the UK
>I don't think the truth is as simple as Neil suggests.
>The English spoken across the world varies greatly.
I'm not sure if that's relevant. In situations where English is spoken
alongside an regional language, English is normally the language which has
the prestige and the power; I think this would be true no matter what variety
of English is in question. For example, although the English of Prince
Edward Island in Canada is somewhat different than the English of Connemara
in Ireland they both exert the same kind of pressure on the older languages
spoken in the area (in this case, Micmac and Irish respectively).