- Heather Lotherington
- Toronto Ontario
Researcher -- Professor, York University
All languages opens doors to knowledge, not just English. Walker's claim is linguistically homogenizing and dangerously imperialistic.
All languages open doors to new knowledge and it is the narrow-mindedness of monolinguals to think their language (our, in the case of English) is somehow the unique key to knowledge. Much knowledge is lost in the homogenization of the world's tongues - knowledge that is not catalogued in books as well as knowledge that is. Many of the great scientists, philosophers and literary giants of the past wrote not in English but in Greek,German, Russian, French, Spanish, and so on... and we know of their work because of translation NOT because they thought or wrote in English.