Quote from a joint Council Of Europe & European Commission declaration, 26 September 2011:
Against the current backdrop of increasing mobility, globalisation of the economy and changing economic trends, the need to learn languages and develop plurilingual and intercultural education is more obvious than ever before.
My mobility didn’t increased when compared to the past and neither do I feel the need for more – I thank them for their concern anyway – but it is also true that there is an increasing amount of mobile devices that surrounds me. And on the matter, on 30 July 2014,
the Commission proposes to reject this petition to legislate for the protection of the cultural and linguistic heritage of Member States in the field of modern electronic systems.
The way accented national letters are generated on modern mobile devices discourages proper writing in one’s mother tongue. Strangely nobody seems to care, while the European Union claims the Union shall contribute to the flowering of the culture of the Member States, the plurality of languages, cultural diversity, preservation of regional traditions, blah, blah.
Rather technical than purely linguistic:
The time stands still: a SMS text message treats with contempt most of the world languages, just as it did from the very beginning. Very long story, intricate and probably endless.
In no particular order:
It’s about Sinclair ZX Spectrum, an 8-bit computer from the past century. There are many web sites around treating this subject, however, I tried to focus on something less usual: the +3.