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Re: “Some facts about languages in the Triangle

Good reporting depends on good information. You're not obligated to use any data that fails to communicate the message. If the message was one about the diverse languages spoken in the Triangle, the lack of a single language spoken in African, other than Arabic, given the stats in the chart and the demographics of the area, suggest a serious blind spot. I played around on the attributed census site, it's quite user-friendly, I suggest you request more granular data that can break out the other languages to get a better representation of the Triangle for next year. It would be great to see.

Posted by JJB on 08/20/2013 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Some facts about languages in the Triangle

As a lover of language, it was cringe-worthy, as it was last year, to see your continued use of the collective "African languages" in representative analysis. That phraseology was discarded awhile ago. We understand that over 2000 languages are spoken on the continent of Africa, representing the planet's greatest concentrations of linguistic diversity. And we know that over 100 of those languages, including Berber, Amharic, Afrikaans, Arabic, Oromo, Swahili, Fula, Hausa, Igbo, Somali, Yoruba, and Zulu, are spoken by tens of millions of people.
Why you chose not to list at least the top two or three African languages, other than Arabic, that are spoken in the Triangle baffles me b/c the data you selected to use clearly shows that there is a magnitude more speakers of "African languages" in the Triangle than there are speakers of either Armenian, Gujarati, Urdu, Japanese, Hmong, Thai, Laotian, Yiddish, Portuguese, Greek, or Serbo-Croatian, all of which are included in your list.
It would be wonderful to know which of the African languages are spoken in the Triangle.
Really feel awful that Indy Week would make such an oversight. Just don't understand it.

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Posted by JJB on 08/19/2013 at 5:31 PM

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