If the fad of 'linguists' were stringently exercised in our schools, no one would grow up able to communicate beyond his own region, and the regional and ethnic minorities, for whom the academics assembled in Liverpool (Letters, 1 May) were rightly anxious, would become even more isolated, the class divide ever deeper.
Flat-earthers continue to believe that the term 'linguist' applies only to those who can handle a variety of other languages - Urdu, Italian, Greek or whatever - each in its standard form. If I want my daughter to learn French, I do not send her to a remote Breton village where they speak a patois that is little understood in France. And yet, even a remote Breton village would have its village school where the aim is to teach correct, standard French.
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