Minority languages

Simon Agre says:

Speakers of majority languages often belittle them, claim they are not proper languages, that they don’t have their own grammar, and/or that they are ‘just’ dialects, patois, or distorted / corrupted versions of a majority language, and so on.

I wonder why people feel the need to make such comments. Any ideas?

Speaking of minority languages, I’ve written about Irish before, but unsurprisingly it mostly shows up in the Republic of Ireland. However, a relevant and interesting article recently appeared about the use of the Irish language on the other side of the Irish Sea — in England. Go read it! And then see whether you can answer Agre’s only-somewhat-rhetorical question in the opening paragraph of this post.

Categories: Linguistics