This recent post – on something I have termed “People, Technology, Messages and Ideologies” (PTMI) – could be an interesting avenue for future research. I may, of course, be treading on coattails too; but if so, I hope fairly august ones!
Imagine, if you can, if you’re able, and if you dare, a society which kinda mimics the life of a baby in multilingual family.
The baby who learns two languages may struggle at first to speak: they have to separate out two systems of thought before one – their own – can form, coalesce and then manage to get a useful handle on the other two.
In my case, back in the 90s and beyond, and as a parent of bilingual environment, I generally spoke English, and my wife spoke castellano. Our eldest son, a clever lad and beloving of languages anyway, took only a month longer than a peer of his age to start speaking.
This is an achievement, both individual and environmental.
So back to the society which kinda mimics these dynamics. And a bit of an overview of a theory which is much more – to…
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