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Language and Sociolinguistics

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Probably boring for most... but just thought I'd post this for those with whom I shared the conversation on the shoutbox earlier.

http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/messeas/diglossia/handbuk.html

 toast
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It's interesting... Thanks  goodjob
And me who thought Irish and English were much alike  #-o
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I really don't think us Brits are in any position to undermine any other European country for their efforts to learn our language.  We should be ashamed of our attempts!   no
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But you Brits aren't by far the only ones who don't speak many languages! I'm thinking about France, Spain... The Walloons who live in Belgium only speak French...
At least you (or so I think) don't find English the only language in the world...
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I think that schools should start kids off earlier to learn another language - I started learning French at primary school - I'm rubbish at it now but can understand a few things.  My kids are learning German at high school but think that they started late.  I'm always impressed by anyones attempt at English, especially if it's not their native language.
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Go raibh maith agat (thank you in Irish..lol) a bit of night time reading for me goodjob  and it was a very interesting conversation.  Smile
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i really enjoy learning languages at school. and that is what i hope to do as a career when i leave school. not quite sure exactly what job but i hope that speaking forign languages is part of it. i am currently learning French and German at school and taking them as a G.C.S.E.
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Good luck with your future in languages - I find the subject of linguistics fascinating...   goodjob
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I agree, languages are great to learn! Smile
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thanks ellyb goodjob  do you speak any languages?
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I know quite a bit of BSL (Bristish Sign Language) - I worked at the local college for the deaf before giving it up to move abroad!  Never got round to taking my level 1 exam though.  There's even different dialects in sign language in the UK - couldn't believe that!
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really! never knew that bevc. this year i am supposed to be learning a special sign language (with only one hand) because one of my best friends is quite ill and has now lost her speach because of it. she has a special computer thing that talks for her but can be unrealible. but as we have been friends since year 7, she spells letters with her hands(which only me and a few teachers can understand) but we are hoping to get someone in to train us a proper way of signing.
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really! never knew that bevc. this year i am supposed to be learning a special sign language (with only one hand) because one of my best friends is quite ill and has now lost her speach because of it. she has a special computer thing that talks for her but can be unrealible. but as we have been friends since year 7, she spells letters with her hands(which only me and a few teachers can understand) but we are hoping to get someone in to train us a proper way of signing.


Think that signing with 1 hand would be quite difficult but I've seen students doing that - like a 'shorthand' version so to speak.  Good luck with it!  Bet your friend is very grateful that you've stuck around and supported her.   hug
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