Sunday, May 22, 2011

GEORGIA - The Georgian language threatened

"If nobody takes heart to defend the purity of our mother tongue, Georgian [spoken today by about 4 million people], will one day among the dead languages", warns in an open letter to President Mikheil Saakashvili and other political figures Association of bibliophiles and linguists of the State University of Tbilisi.

The letter, published in Sakartvelos Respublika, criticizes the influence of English and chaotic loans to other foreign languages. "The purity of our language is threatened by the introduction of learning [required] of a foreign language at school at the age of six. Alas, some impose the idea that if the world stands now English, it will no longer need to learn Georgian.

Is it time to declare English the state language in Georgia? "

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