2003-10-11

Gaelic Language Legal for First Time since 1616

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is the point? In the modern world, English is the first language, followed by French. This is the legal international big two second languages. Spanish is good for it includes Europe as well as the Americas. Further afield there are Urdu, Canonese and Russian.

These are all modern languages that allow you to live, visit, work, enjoy and appreciate other peoples in other cultures.

Minority languages, like Welsh or aborigine tongues are far less useful. Dead languages, like ancient Greek, the Latins and Gaelic are pointless and of academic interest only.

Making Gaelic legal, or even encouraging Gaelic education is wrong because it will have to be at the expense of another (more useful) language.

If Scotland wants to encourage immigrants, promote multiculturalism, export and trade with foreign countries, then we should be devising educational policy along modern language lines. Forget the Gaelic!

2/01/2005 01:35:00 am  

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