Just came across quite an erudite perspective on language: "...rescuing english from its envisaged privileged status of elitist literature,... arguing that English language and language creativity is a product and consequence of all English speaking people in society whether they be young or old, rich or poor, employed or unemployed."
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To my layman's mind ,this is thought-provoking in the extreme - raising as it does , certain very contentious issues:
1.This viewpoint appears to side-step , very deftly, the broad question of whether standards have been falling over the years- or does it..
2.It's all very well to use high-minded and noble -sounding phrases like 'aall English speaking people in society '. The reality is far harsher: certain sections have not ,and will never ,be permitted to get away with it.Should they have the temerity to seek such inclusion within this 'charmed circle', they do so at the peril of contempt, derision and sneers being heaped upon their heads.
So who might these be...
Clearly not the Chinese, Japanese or Koreans who seem absolutely unstoppable .Then, most definitely not the Muslim world , sitting squarely astride vast oceans of oil -the sine qua non of the West's prosperity.And last ,but certainly not the least ,it ought not to be the Africans - whose sad and pathetic lot is currently the subject of much exquisite agony and breast beating throughout the West .
By a process of elimination ,one is finally left with those guys from the sub-continent - a billion and counting..who are anyway getting too big for their boots.So what if they invented Yoga.