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Will the Italian language be outlawed?



[In] what other part of the world would it be possible to outlaw the language of the state?

This question of Alessandro Urzì, post-fascist member of South Tyrolean Landtag (parliament), quoted by the BBC, is an interesting one, since it can be answered at different levels:

  • Urzì refers to South Tyrol, where nobody even thinks of outlawing the “language of the state” — neither fully nor partially.
  • However, many propose to withdraw officiality from — some or all — place names invented and imposed by a totalitarian regime, and that’s what we (and the BBC) are talking about.
  • We could also question the concept of a (unique) “language of the state”, since there are many states in the world which have more than one official language without any hierarchy.
  • If we reword Urzì’s question in a more consistent way (i.e. “in what other part of the world would it be possible to withdraw officiality from [imposed] place names [in the language of the state]?”) we could list

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One response to “Will the Italian language be outlawed?”

  1. Markus avatar

    Die üblichen dummen Argumente:

    cancel part of the identity

    es wird ja keine Identität gelöscht, sondern nur die Amtlichkeit der Namen genommen – benutzen kann man die tolomeischen Erfindungen ja weiterhin. So wie die Italiener auch Parigi oder Vienna benutzen, obwohl diese Ortsnamen nicht amtlich sind – und keiner regt sich auf.

    you can’t send the Italians away

    das will ja niemand. Im Gegenteil. Es sind die Italiener, die immer wieder sagen, die Deutschen können ja “zurück” nach Österreich, wenn es ihnen nicht passt.

    many people have a German mother and an Italian father

    was hat das damit zu tun? Mein Nachbar ist Ladiner und hat eine Tschechin geheiratet, so what?!?

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