Re: Review of "Audience" at M/C (forwarded)
|Date:||Sunday, March 19, 2000, 16:26|
Tom Wier wrote:
> Nik Taylor wrote:
> > Roger Mills wrote:
> > > Nor would I class being considered "weird" under
> > > the rubric of persecution. (Well, on second thought, perhaps, alas, times
> > > have changed. I don't recall ever being in mortal danger because of mere
> > > weirdness.)
> > Well, Esperanto-speakers were persecuted by the Nazis, and there may've
> > been other persecutions of auxlangs.
There were many, in Hitler's Germany, in Stalinist Russia,
in (Cultural Revolution) Maoist China, etc. The motive
was generally a super nationalistic attitude vs. all
international contacts. Anti-Semitism got mixed in by
Hitler. Many were killed. By no means only Esperantists,
though if I recall right that was the only Auxlang
mentioned by name in "Mein Kampf."
Esperanto groups in Germany tried to survive
by expelling all Jews. That only allowed them
a few extra months of existence.
> Auxlangs? Almost certainly*. Constructed auxlangs? Dunno 'bout that. I
> wonder what the Nazis' policy on Volapük was, given that it was German
> regurgitated as English, more or less.
> *(I only doubt because I am uncertain whether such persecution would be
> more for speaking a particular language, auxlang or not, rather than being
> persecuted for speaking an auxlang)
Nothing really linguistic was involved, unless you
count related moves toward "linguistic purity."
The motive was FEAR of "internationalist" or any outside,
non-controllable influences. We see some echoes of this
today in conspiracy theories involving the Trilateral
Commission, the UN, etc.