G8? The Top Global Languages
Just to be fair, I’ll balance out that last post with a fuller map of utter linguistic domination that threatens the humble musings of all the medium and itsy bitsy languages. God, I can’t avoid melodrama even when I try…
Once again this is obviously a deeply problematic visual representation that underscores deceptive ideas of “borders”, synecdochically claims one language as a stand-in for whole countries (really? Something that we want to understand as “India” is solidly represented by the tongue “Hindi”? No room for Urdu or English even?), and makes no gesture toward significant speech communities living beyond the native or majority language community countries (it won’t show a Portuguese dot near Goa for example).
Feh. We can do better. Or maybe I personally can’t, but thats why I make friends with all the Geography students at school.
Puttin’ da “G” in G-8,