Thursday, January 05, 2012

Language policy and the GOP field

Here's a piece by Lesli Maxwell in Education Week noting that current Not Romney candidate Rick Santorum (along with Newt Gingrich) favors English as 'national language'. She had a slightly earlier piece about Romney's (the Not Not Romney's?) opposition to bilingual education, here.

About all of Team Verb is in Portland for the LSA or heading out there today. Lots of good stuff, including a celebration of the Dictionary of American Regional English. We'll have some commentary on the Word of the Year festivities, I'm sure.


Anonymous said...

Well, that all assumes that we would continue to have education and/or a functioning society if they came into power. If Fitzwalkerstan is a model of how they'd do things, we don't have to worry about such stuff.

Jonathon said...

Perry apparently thinks it's awful that consumer products often have instructions in multiple languages (link). Obviously companies find it worth their while to provide multilingual packaging or instructions, because this helps them sell more things to more people. One wonders where the free-market ideals are when it comes to language policy.