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    Reclaiming the English Language from the CBC

    by Tim Murray The concept of language as a kind of lens or filter, or even straitjacket, cannot be over-stated. Wittgenstein said that the limits of language are the limits of one’s world. By that token, bilingual or multilingual people have broader vision. It is not what we look at — poverty, injustice, overpopulation, environmental degradation — that is paramount. Rather, it is the linguistic construction built in to filter that reality, to bring it into sharp focus, or make us blind to it. The question becomes then, whose lens are we wearing? What filter are we looking through? How do we remove it? In 1984 George Orwell revealed that…