#18 — The case for and against Gaelic signage
Iain Cameron
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Q: What language was traditionally spoken on the Internet in 1960?

A: None. The internet didn’t exist until 1969.

(Gaelic-L was founded on the internet on 1st May 1989 and was the Internet’s first mailing list for a minority language)

Therefore the argument “This language wasn’t traditionally spoken here” makes no sense. English wasn’t traditionally spoken *here*.

I am currently in London which has bilingual Chinese/English signs in Chinatown and bilingual train signs in English and Punjabi at Southall. Both languages having a more recent history in England than Gaelic does in Scotland.

So why is history only an argument against Gaelic and not modern inventions or the use of bilingual signs elsewhere?

Craig

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