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.