THE GLOBAL MOSAIC OF LANGUAGE
This introduction is designed for you to gain an appreciation that language is an essential element of culture. Answer the following questions to the best of your ability on a separate sheet of paper. Every answer must be paraphrased into your own words. Please do not plagiarize.
1: Britspeak: Same Language, Different Dialects
the following British sentences into American English by changing the
underlined words (note that you can scroll to the bottom of the page to select
different lists of words):
1) What does
it mean to have an official language?
2) Explain the difference between an official language and “English
3) When did Georgia pass
legislation for English as the official language? How many other states have
passes similar legislation?
4) Which state has the most languages spoken in it? How many languages are
spoken in the USA?
5) Do you agree with the goals of US English, Inc.? Explain.
3: The Great Esperanto Experiment
2)Now select Shopping/Dining and translate the following into Esperanto: Do you accept credit cards? and Cheers!
3)Now, experiment and have some fun on your own.
4) Do you ever envision a future with one universal language? Why or why not?
ACTIVITY 4: African Language Diversity It is estimated that more than 800 languages are spoken in Africa; however, they belong to comparatively few language families. Some 50 African languages have more than half a million speakers each, but many others are spoken by relatively few people.
1) What are the four main African
Language Families? Which other Language Families can be found on the African
continent (use your notes!)? 2) Which
language family is the most diverse [contains the greatest number of branches
and branch subdivisions]?
3) Which is the simplest [contains the least number of branches and branch subdivisions]?
go to (http://www.country-studies.com/nigeria/ethnicity.html) and read about
the ethnic diversity in Nigeria.
What is Nigeria’s
official language? Why?
2) Why are most Nigerians becoming trilingual? What three languages do
3) Why is Africa’s lingual diversity posing a threat to national unity (use your brain…)?