Destiny Niles techiedavid at gmail.com
Wed Feb 25 07:56:33 PST 2009

I've always had a preference of people posting in their native language.
2 main reasons:
1) I can always run the text through Google translator and get the
general ideal of what they mean,
2) If the poster run the text through Google translator and don't post
the source a good chance alot of the 'meat' will be lost in
translation. Even someone who speak the native language of the person
without the source will not be able to get the 'meat'.

These issues might have been mention already, but I haven't read all the posts.

On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 7:14 AM, Juan Melendez <jjmelendez at gmail.com> wrote:
> Curiously, if you look at how Wikipedia (English version) treats the term
> "lingua franca", it defines it as "a language systematically used to
> communicate between persons not sharing a mother tongue". The Spanish
> version of Wikipedia adds that 'the acceptance may be due to mutual
> agreement or to political and economic issues'. In other words, if at one
> time, when technology was limited, the use of one language was prevalent in
> databases and journals and conferences.
> Purely for economic or political reasons (cultural imperialism?), the one
> language limitation was prevalent.
> I think times and technology has changed. But if the majority feel
> uncomfortable with other languages (due to cultural depravation?). I will
> limit my interventions to English.
> Juan Meléndez (Titom Melnik)
> Universidad de Puerto Rico
> On Wed, Feb 25, 2009 at 9:51 AM, jennifer.ankenbauer
> <jennifer.ankenbauer at hccs.edu> wrote:
>> I can't read this!
>> Point well taken. True possibly the strongest argument regarding the
>> suggested  "English only" protocol on an SL discussion board should from the
>> non-native English speakers. Without such insight it isn't possible to grasp
>> the extent of the lost knowledge building capabilities a monolingual mandate
>> will impose. I wish I knew a second language well enough to say for sure. I
>> think only in English, limiting in that respect.
>> Beyond the utilitarian value of settling on one language for SL, there is
>> a more important one. And that's the power given over to the native English
>> speakers who are dominating this knowledge making forum. What is accepted as
>> fact in any line of logic rests on the logic inherent in the language used
>> to construct it. And because of this I associate a certain stench with an
>> "English only" language restriction, particularly for an academic discussion
>> board-- not unlike a stench that surrounds "male only" or "white only" in
>> different academic contexts. Undoubtedly the latter recommendations were
>> mandated at the time for what seemed logical and useful reasons but we know
>> the disastrous impact each had on the thwarting the very thing they
>> sought...knowledge in all its purity.
>> Thanks.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> Jenny Ankenbauer
>> Kate Orfan
>> ________________________________
>> From: educators-bounces at lists.secondlife.com on behalf of Mechthild
>> Schmidt
>> Sent: Tue 2/24/2009 12:26 AM
>> To: gillettdavid at fhda.edu; SL Educators (aka &amp; amp; quot; The SLED
>> List&amp; amp; quot;)
>> Subject: Re: [SLED] Message for NON-ENGLISH SLED MEMBERS
>> I do not know how to say it in Esperanto - but I can guess it..
>> This e vraiment Spass!
>> Best,
>> Mechthild Schmidt
>> ------------------------------------------------
>> Mechthild Schmidt
>>    department chair, faculty
>> Digital Communications and Media
>> McGhee Division, New York University
>> 726 Broadway, #669
>> New York, NY 10003
>> mschmidt at nyu.edu
>> On Feb 23, 2009, at 12:58 PM, David Gillett wrote:
>>          Se ni bezonas nur unu solan lingvon universalan (me ne tro certas
>> pri
>>        tio!), gxi estu lingvo kiu ne fortigas iujn ol aliajn, cxu ne?  Do,
>> la plej
>>        bona sol-lingvon por efektivigi komunicado estus Esperanto, la dua
>> lingvo de
>>        cxiu!
>>          Mi supozas ke multaj instruantoj ne volas lerni cxi tiu lingvon,
>> kaj ni
>>        devas akcepti uzadon de la angla lingvo.  Kial ne ankaux foje
>> akcepti aliajn
>>        lingvojn kiam prefereble uzatajn?
>>        David Gillett
>>        Stealth Snook
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