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August 13, 2017

Shifting to a foreign language affects the people who have abandoned their national language in three main ways:

First: It detaches the nation from its culture, in which the soul of the nation resides and its intellectual achievements, wisdom and beliefs are stored. It cuts off the nation from its past by erasing its collective memory.

Second: The foreign language is not just a simple lingual tool of communication, thinking and expression that replaces the national tool, cutting off the nation’s umbilical nexus and supply to its own culture, but it also replaces that cut off line with another line directly connected to the culture of the foreigners which is encoded in their language. A shift of language by a nation, therefore, is not just simply a single blow by deserting one’s own culture and collective memory, but, in fact, a double whammy by opening the gates wide to the invasion of the national soul by a foreign culture. A nation cannot live in a cultural vacuum; sooner or later, the culture of the foreigners whose language has replaced its own language will overcome and replace its national culture; and the culture of the foreigner will, in time, become the culture of the nation that has abandoned its language and affect its mind-set, thinking, word-view, identity, allegiances and even beliefs. It may take a long time for this untoward effect to come to full fruition, but there is no doubt that the process will eventually change the nation and leads to its assimilation into that of the foreign invaders. The assimilation process is immediately triggered off once a language shift begins.

The Copts must mourn the day Coptic archons in the Middle Ages started the process of this language shift that saw the beginning of the loss of their language and culture and replaced them by the language of the Arabs and their culture.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. Egiziane permalink
    August 13, 2017 1:08 pm

    Excellent analysis of our loss.

  2. Austin Carroll permalink
    August 13, 2017 4:03 pm

    The Copts must insist on the restoration of their language and must have it taught to their children. If the Berbers of the Maghreb have managed to reinstate their language at the national level, then why not the Copts? We must stand with them in their struggle.

    • Egiziane permalink
      August 13, 2017 6:50 pm

      Thank you for a great comment.

  3. August 15, 2017 3:39 am


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