Country Language Trends

Figure 1.--

Country trends and language trends in some cases are similar because many countries, especially Europen and Western Hemisphere countries as well as several Asian countries are dominated by a single language. Several European countries have one dominant language: Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France. Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, and Sweden. Many European countries have loost their regional accents. For instance in France, today it is virtually impossible to twll where a person born after World War II comes from. A similar process has affected Britain. Television is probably a major factor. Several other countries have language divides. Some countries have language divides. This is the case in EUrope and Canada. Most European counties have one dominant language, but several have languages spoken on a regional basis. Some Britons still speal Welsh. In several other countries there are more significant language divisions. Belgium has a sharp language divide between French and Flemish (Dutch) as wll as amall population speaking German. Spain has s substantial number of people speaking Catalan and Basque. One of the most sucessful countries with multiple languages is Switzeeland. The two major languages are German and French, but Italian, Romansh is also spoken. Luxembourg uses both French and German as well as their own basically Germanic language. Countries in Asia and Africa have much more profound language problems with their sprople speaking dozens of different languages. They have been forced in many cases to adopt the language of the European colonial power. It is hard to see, for example, how India could exist without English.


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