The NYT is dropping the On Language
column from its Sunday magazine. Bummer.
I found this most telling:
Lately I’ve been thinking about the language world that my 4-year-old son, Blake, will grow up into. Will English wax or wane in its global influence during his lifetime? Will the country’s demographic shifts demand a greater acceptance of multilingualism, and will there be a freer commingling of different speech varieties through what sociolinguists call “code-switching” and “code-mixing”? It may be an affront to those who uphold the sanctity of English as the national language, but heterogeneity looks as if it will increasingly be the name of the game.
To say nothing of the Jeopardy episodes with Watson.
Thanks to a huge, Facebook-generated letter-writing campaign, the magazine editor now says the column is "on hiatus." If any of you would like to write and say you want the column back here are the addies:
NYT Magazine letters to the editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
NYT Magazine editor Hugo Lindgren: email@example.com
I wrote: thanks for the info.