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Re: Caucasian langs (was Hello All!!)

From:Isaac Penzev <isaacp@...>
Date:Tuesday, April 29, 2003, 10:10
David Starner scripsit:

> In what way? I've read a little of the Soviet approach to languages, and > it seem far more supporting then the US approach--okay, that's not hard, > but what is it you think they did wrong?
I see Soviet approach to minorities languages more supporting than the US one too. At least, quite many of them had certain official status, were used in schools (though in most cases only on the primary level, but still taught as subjects in the secondary school), in mass media. The attitude of the authorities towards m.langs oscillated from active support and building up to rather tepid neglection and discouragement. If you were too active in studying and/or promoting m.langs, you could easily be qualified as "bourgeois nationalist" with all the consequences. And surely great job was done in describing and codifying. I still prefer to orientate myself on Soviet Ukrainian norms than on the modern "dermocratic" [1] ones (or, rather, their absense)... [1] _der'mó_ means "shit" in Russian ~~~~~~Yitzik~~~~~~