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English in Nashville

Language Log points to Nashville, TN mayor Bill Purcell's statement regarding vetoing a measure to make English the "official language" of Nashville and requiring communication "except when required by federal law or when necessary to protect or promote public health, safety or welfare" (according to an article "Veto does not end English debate" from the Tennessean). Purcell provides a fairly pragmatic, if sometimes vague, argument for not legally requiring the use of English. While I wouldn't make exactly the same arguments he does, it's interesting to see a practical political perspective on the issue.

posted at 17:31:20 on 02/17/07 by ben - Category: Politics

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