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The Universal House of Justice commissioned the following statement on linguistic unity, which recognizes an ad hoc role for World English :

The need for it [a universal auxiliary language] is now recognized on all sides, as reflected in the circumstances that have compelled the United Nations and much of the non-governmental community to adopt several "official languages". Until a decision is taken by international agreement, the effect of such developments as the Internet, the management of air traffic, the development of technological vocabularies of various kinds, and universal education itself, has been to make it possible, to some extent, for English to fill the gap.


The Universal House of Justice, Century of Light (2001), p. 128
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Is English just a temporary solution?

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Every solution is temporary.

MrP


<Every solution is temporary.

MrP>

Someone ask Mr P for whom is every situation temporary, will ya?

1,110,000 páginas en inglés de "permanent solution".

948,000 páginas en inglés de "temporary solution
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A move in the opposite direction:

"Census results showed a decline of 12% in Quebec’s English mother-tongue population between 1971 and 1981 (Caldwell 1984), by the nineteen nineties the number of English mother tongue speakers had dropped from 789,000 to 622,00 a drop of 167,00, with English use even in the home dropping by 4% This is particularly highlighted in Montreal, the English mother-tongue speaking population dropped from 26% in 1951 to just 13% in 1996. (Bourhis 2001 in Fishman)."

Does anyone know of similar contemporary examples of the decline in English use?
The decline of English in Quebec is closely tied to the Quebec Libre movement, a major sociopolitical shift that subsumed such trivia as language concerns. I was teaching English in Montreal in 1967, when Americophilia and the rage to learn English was very strong. I was egregiously overworked.

However, with the ascent to power of the Parti Quebecois and the quirky threat of secession loud on the breeze, significant numbers of native speakers decamped for points west and south, and Francophones who spoke good English suddenly 'forgot' it. I don't think the provincial economy has recovered yet from the economic havoc that was wreaked in those years.
<I don't think the provincial economy has recovered yet from the economic havoc that was wreaked in those years.>

So you'd prefer stability over change, right?
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Milky<I don't think the provincial economy has recovered yet from the economic havoc that was wreaked in those years.>

So you'd prefer stability over change, right?

Stability is good, stagnation is bad.

Chaos is bad.

Change is good if it is change for the better.

Language fanatics put language at the top of their priorities and often throw the baby out with the bath water.

My enemy speaks English therefore English is bad. Out with English!
Milky

<Every solution is temporary.

MrP>

Someone ask Mr P for whom is every situation temporary, will ya?

An intriguing mix of registers.

What would be an example of a "permanent solution"?

MrP
Mr P asked:

<What would be an example of a "permanent solution"?>

replacing a cheap, badly-fitted, constantly jamming door with a quality door

killing your enemy

having a painful tooth removed

stopping smoking when the doctor has told you that your habit that will lead you to an early death

..........

Such actions are considered/perceived to be permanent. It's the perception of permanance that leads us to act.
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