Re: What ought to be Canada official language policy?Feb 20th, 2009
Oh my goodness. If we end up with a truly logical language, people might actually be able to learn it!
So would there be business opportunities with it? My guess is that, as the language grows, such opportunities would naturrally follow. And of course if they want tocontinue doing business in English, go right ahead. But this would limit itself only to those Quebecers who know English of course. The rest would have no choice but to rely on Frech or the national language, or whatever other language they might happen to know.
This should boost motivation enough to learn the language in the initial stages.
As an auxiliary language, it would survive quite easily. Essentially, it would thrive on the language barrier.
If anything makes it go the way of the dodo bird, it would be the fact that this language would be used in Canada only. From that standpoint, it would probably make more sense to adopt, create or revise a language that other countries would be willing to adopt as their auxiliary language too.
There is just one thing though: military-wise, using a language that everyone else is also familiar with would make communications less secure. It's not really important but gives an edge if communications are compromised during combat.
One possible incentive might be to give hiring preference to people who know the language for federal government jobs for a couple of decades before the language truly becomes official.
What about using it on all labels some 10 years after it's introduced or something like that. Since people will have already had to have approved it as official, adding it to labels would seem reasonable.