Thursday, April 17, 2008

Those Frenchies!

I have a day of rest. No obligations, no need to jump in the car. I can just be at home today.

Weird.

I actually need the rest. I've been sneezing my head off. Today is the first time in two days I haven't felt like someone was trying to squeeze my face in. So rest is good. I managed to finish Baroness Orczy's The Elusive Pimpernel, a sequel to The Scarlet Pimpernel. I loved it very much. Percy and Marguerite in love. Chauvelin out for revenge. Romance and intrigue. What more would you want?

Speaking of France, I read an interesting article today. "French aghast at new English incursion to their language." The gist of it is that the French government is upset that their entrant in Eurovision will be singing in English. Eurovision is like American Idol, only older and international. This year's contest has performers representing 43 countries. My favorite line from this article was the idea that French is a "threatened" language. I imagine a protected habitat where where French rolls off the tongue freely and gabbles in pastures that inspired the French impressionists.

Linguistically speaking, a global economy threatens all language. When people interact with other cultures, their languages intermingle. I remember watching a series called the Story of English. It showed how English evolved and adapted to each situation where it confronted another language. Through war, occupation, migration and immigration English has changed. The only way to avoid change is to become secluded and avoid interaction with the world. But if you avoid interaction, I believe you are threatened with a greater loss than language. We humans need contact and interaction with others. That's why language developed in the first place.

Ha! I'm a homeschooler talking about socialization!

5 comments:

ComfyDenim said...

*LOL* You were talking about socialization and all I kept think was "Isn't that what the french are doing??" Isolating themselves and all that...

Great post - it made me giggle.
Get better soon!!

B&B said...

Hehehehe...YoU sAiD tHe 'S' wOrD!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm still waiting for the Universal Translator. Love, Mom

TheMFamily said...

I think I had heard that the Scarlet Pimpernel was a series, but haven't had a chance to read the sequel. My younger sister said she had seen it before, but was worried it wouldn't be as good as the first. I don't know, I think I should see if my library has it.

Spinneretta said...

I love the films of the Scarlet Pimpernel. All of them ;) And the book!
**Sink Meh!**
I don't think I have read the sequels...

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