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Alba Rodrigues López
The Challenge of Many Languages
English is one of the most widespread languages in the world, however, its use can be
controversial in a specific socio-political situation. When a language is used by a majority of the
population those people whose first language is a different one adapt. This process of
adaptation may sometimes lead speakers of other languages to disregard their second
language as inferior to English, the widespread language.
Recently, there has been a wider accountability for different languages in use within the United States. All the contexts in which English was primordial now become adapted to the multiplicity of languages existing in the country e.g. teaching, television, etc. There are places in the world in which this multiplicity is part of the socio-political norm. Countries such as India recognise up to sixteen languages as their own. A part of our identity lays in the languages we speak which makes the matter quite sensible in terms of politics, yet a certain degree of stability can be achieved.
Response Personally, to speak of a language in terms of its generalizability to a whole society portrays a utopia. The situation in which each society has its own language is not feasible unless every country spoke the same language. Not only would we all have to speak the same language and not others, but other language could not even exist in this utopian context (migration would lead to language mixing). I would like to remark that over 7 billion people could only use one language and abandon the rest. Even if this situation were viable I would still believe that a multiplicity of languages is the ideal. Although tensions between languages may occur, as is the case of Valencian and Catalan (or even Spanish), they are inevitable. This multiplicity of languages also benefits us enormously in terms of culture and identity. A considerable part of our identity is the language we speak and we cannot abandon it (nor impose it, in my opinion).
Thus, we must strive for a healthy coexistence between languages and societies.