Lauren, one of my ´regulars´, wrote this comment on my blog the other day.
Lauren, I agree that this is important so even if it is not crime-related, I have decided to bring your request here, hoping that some of my readers will also take an interest in this important subject.
Since we've been talking about (and in different) languages, might I intrude with a personal request?
My university, in its infinite (lack of) wisdom, has decided to impose budget cuts on the Department of European Languages to the tune of 400 000 pounds over two years. This will mean the end of effective language teaching and learning, and will conceivably drive the whole department to the wall. (Subjects at even higher risk include Russian, Portuguese and one of only two Scandinavian Studies courses in the UK.) All on less than three weeks notice.
This is close to my heart because I'm finishing a PhD in a European language, but it's also a monumentally stupid decision given the wider importance of understanding other languages and cultures.
So much for being a city of literature. And as for the translators of the future...
I'd be extremely grateful if people could sign the petition and perhaps even forward it on if you know of others who might be interested.
And some background information:The Guardian
Please take the time to read & sign this petition.