'Denglish' now verboten

Methinks, some commentators have not really thought things through. No linguist would dispute languages evolve gradually and borrow words and even phrases, but they also need some inner consistency, expressiveness and clarity to stay alive. English just has to be the most ambiguous language in Europe. I would certainly prefer natural and gradual linguistic evolution through the free interchange of ideas and customs over state or corporate imposition. Cultural change has accelerated apace with technological and economic change at a historically unprecedented rate. For all the empty rhetoric so cherished by corporate globalism fanboys about equality and diversity, we have never seen so much economic inequality and cultural (excuse my German) "gleichschaltung", also known today as "enforced harmonisation". What we are seeing is a reaction to 50+ years of Anglo-American cultural hegemony, not too unlike the Welsh language movement leading some to use local legislation to reverse imposed cultural change.
For all the talk about the inherent superiority and simplicity of English, what I actually see on the ground in locales as diverse as inner London boroughs where English is a minority language to Lagos where it's a lingua franca is the fragmentation of World English into a patchwork of sociolects with limited mutual intelligibility. These sociolects may have mainly English-like words, but with morphed pronunciation and more important, simplified syntax and literal translations from their feeder languages to the detriment of expressions that evolved over hundreds of years in Britain and North America. My Chinese landlady, who's lived in London for over 7 years and has a Portuguese husband keeps reminding me to "close the light". Is that English, Portuguese or Chinese? In English it is of course, "switch off the light". This may seem small fry, but it's a slippery slope to the loss of mutual intelligibility.
While the US hegemony and globalised economy survive, some form of standardised World English spoken by the elite will hold things together, but when the economy collapses we could soon descend into a bunch of warring factions on a scale far larger than the aftermath of the Roman Empire.
The Independent has an unashamedly pro-globalist worldview, so we buy Kenyan mange-tout beans and supply "marketing project management services", while many Kenyans starve, such as is the perverse logic of globalised insanity. As we run out of cheap fossil fuels and economic growth proves totally unsustainable, we will have to adapt by relocalising and rebuilding local and regional communities around shared values and identities. I doubt Mr Ramsauer's approach will make much difference, but future generations of Europeans may thank him for countering a global steamroller.

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