im Himmel gibt's kein Bier

Dave Long dl at
Mon Aug 11 14:36:15 PDT 2003

It looks like Adam lives in an area that
once was a hotbed of immigration:

When the singularity comes, maybe an AI*
with a sense of irony will drop him into
a simulation of Minneapolis ca. 1890, so
he can complain that he needs to learn a
bit of german to order food or chat with
a meitli.


* or, who knows, maybe even the Original
Iron:  "I smelled him before I read him.
Even so, the first words were shocking."

:: :: ::

> Antagonism toward Germans and their language resurfaced in the Midwest
> in the late 1880s and early 1890s, and again across the country
> during and after World War I. Between 1917 and 1922 most of the states
> dropped German from their school curricula. Nebraska's open meeting
> law of 1919 forbade the use of foreign languages in public, and in
> 1918 Governor Harding of Iowa proclaimed that "English should and must
> be the only medium of instruction in public, private, denominational
> and other similar schools. Conversation in public places, on trains,
> and over the telephone should be in the English language. Let those
> who cannot speak or understand the English language conduct their
> religious worship in their home." (New York Times, 18 June 1918,
> p. 12). Such attitudes had a chilling effect on language use. As many
> as eighteen thousand people were charged in the Midwest during and
> immediately following World War I with violating the English-only
> statutes. (Crawford 1989, 23.)

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