The Non-Natives Are Restless

Over at Morgaine LeFaye's, Morgaine explains why she blogs in English. Like her, I also blog in another language than my own. There's a
number of reasons for this.

  • Marketing. Let's face it, English is spoken by billions, so blogging in English will get you more hits.

  • Culture. My postings are generally about stuff that everybody should be able to relate to, whatever their background. English is, for better or worse,
    the lingua franca of the global villager.

  • Skill. I feel comfortable enough about my command of the language to express myself in it and be understood (I speak it on a daily basis).

  • Affection. Having learned, spoken, read and written it intensively, I've fallen in love with the language, including its outrageously large vocabulary, its hybrid nature (I once saw it described as 'a slut of a language') and its wildly inconsistent spelling.
Like Morgaine, I bemoan the decrease in linguistic biodiversity. The death of language signifies the death of culture, and that is never a good thing. I might contribute to the survival of my tongue (which, by the way, is in no way threatened at the moment, despite what some pessimists might think) by blogging in it, but the reasons above weigh heavier.

Posted by cronopio at 03:24 AM, October 31, 2003