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Old 02-17-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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I'm trying to imagine what that one language would be like if it didn't evolve with multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-linguistic influences.

Key words...
Culture (origin: Latin, cultura)
Ethnic (origin: Greek, ethnos)
Language (origin: French, langage)
Picture 1776-1900

 
Old 02-17-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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Picture 1776-1900
Picture: The word has its origin in Latin, Pictura
1776-1900: The numerals you've used here come from Brahmi script (India).

Assuming the numbers represent years, the span they represent can be calculated to 124 years using Algebra (origin, Arabic, Al-Jabr).
 
Old 02-17-2011, 10:04 AM
 
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Picture: The word has its origin in Latin, Pictura
1776-1900: The numerals you've used here come from Brahmi script (India).

Assuming the numbers represent years, the span they represent can be calculated to 124 years using Algebra (origin, Arabic, Al-Jabr).
You're not imagining.
 
Old 02-17-2011, 10:13 AM
 
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You're not imagining.
You: Origin, Germanic, iu. Or, Sanskrit, yuyam.
Imagine: Origin, Latin, imaginari

We may have to go all the way to the cave men to find a truly monolithic society. Perhaps beyond cave men.
 
Old 02-17-2011, 10:20 AM
 
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I guess 50 year old Polish men should demand work at black barber shops, or at the Taqueria stand that caters to migrant workers. After all, the ability for the Polish guy to properly interact with the target customer, and to interact with the other employees shouldn't matter at all.
If a 50 year polish guy has skill to cut hair in some parts of this country (i.e. the Midwest) he's liable to get that job. Too bad I probably can't say the same about a Black guy in a Polish barbershop.
 
Old 02-17-2011, 10:39 AM
 
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Picture 1776-1900
Wow, what a colorful picture that would have been. In the first century (1776-1876) you could hear Finnish in the Delaware Valley, German throughout Philadelphia and rural Pennsylvania, as well as Gaeilge, French and Dutch in New York and the Hudson Valley, languages that would persist throughout the 19th, and 19th century. Later, towards the end of the 19th century added to the mixture would be the languages and dialects Italian, and eastern europe Yiddish, to be precise. You might even consider French Arcadians (still a officially recognized language in Louisiana), Mexicans and the languages of native Americans. If we consider the polyglot of religious beliefs, from Baptist to Shakers, Pentecostals to Catholics the rich diversity of the country was no more or less greater than it is today.
 
Old 02-17-2011, 10:47 AM
 
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Wow, what a colorful picture that would have been. In the first century (1776-1876) you could hear Finnish in the Delaware Valley, German throughout Philadelphia and rural Pennsylvania, as well as Gaeilge, French and Dutch in New York and the Hudson Valley, languages that would persist throughout the 19th, and 19th century. Later, towards the end of the 19th century added to the mixture would be the languages and dialects Italian, and eastern europe Yiddish, to be precise. You might even consider French Arcadians (still a officially recognized language in Louisiana), Mexicans and the languages of native Americans. If we consider the polyglot of religious beliefs, from Baptist to Shakers, Pentecostals to Catholics the rich diversity of the country was no more or less greater than it is today.
But the "Fear of the Other" is greater.

Why?

Longstanding political and social power structures are being threatened.
 
Old 02-17-2011, 10:50 AM
 
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You: Origin, Germanic, iu. Or, Sanskrit, yuyam.
Imagine: Origin, Latin, imaginari

We may have to go all the way to the cave men to find a truly monolithic society. Perhaps beyond cave men.
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Ignorance never settles a question.
Anatole France (1844 - 1924)
 
Old 02-17-2011, 10:54 AM
 
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This is complete BS, and incredibly overstated. Numbers are really irrelevant. Consider that Jewish people represent...3%? of the population in the United States and hold positions of power and influence in law, science, government and medicine... up to 30% of lawyers are of Jewish descent, for example. Asians are also over-represented in the professional science communities. The "numbers" don't matter vis-a-vis influence and power.
If my argument doesn't hold water why haven't we ever had a Jewish President or an Asian President? It's far more likely we are going to have a President of Latin American descent before we have one of Asian descent.

For all the posiition and prestige that Jewish and Asian people have achieved in this country when you step in a voting booth it's still one person, one vote. In the coming decades this is what is going to change American society more so than anything we have seen in this country history. And there isn't a damn thing you can say or do to stop that.
 
Old 02-17-2011, 10:58 AM
 
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Anatole France (1844 - 1924)
To be honest, I didn't know about him. But I found this quote, and liked it...

"Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe."

He was, clearly, not ignorant.
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