#18 — The case for and against Gaelic signage
Iain Cameron

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?


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