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CHAT: required courses [was Re: Welsh - Verb-Nouns]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Friday, August 2, 2002, 0:33
Quoting Padraic Brown <elemtilas@...>:

> --- Christopher Bates <christopher.bates@...>
> > > I wish Old English was a required subject in school, > > > so I could have had more than one college semester of it. > > It wouldn't be a bad idea. Course, I also think Latin > should be required. Perhaps three of Latin one of Old > English. I'm sure that's asking for too much!
This of course *used* to be the norm throughout the Western world. My friend from North Carolina once told me that when the University of North Carolina opened its doors in 1792, all students were required to take at least two years of Latin and one of Greek. A few decades before, when Kant was going to school, his schoolmasters still obeyed the precept that all instruction must be *in* Latin, "not in German, as that is frivolous and in children is scandalous and disgraceful". In parts of Europe, the pendulum might be swinging back the other way now, save that instead of Greek or Latin, it is English that is required... ========================================================================= Thomas Wier Dept. of Linguistics "Nihil magis praestandum est quam ne pecorum ritu University of Chicago sequamur antecedentium gregem, pergentes non qua 1010 E. 59th Street eundum est, sed qua itur." -- Seneca Chicago, IL 60637