The problems of society will also be the problems of the predominant language of that society. It is the carrier of its perceptions, its attitudes, and its goals, for through it, the speakers absorb entrenched attitudes. The guilt of English then must be recognized and appreciated before its continued use can be advocated.
Njabulo Ndebele (b. 1948), Lesotho educator, writer. Keynote paper, 1986, "The English Language and Social Change," delivered to the Jubilee Conference of the English Academy of Southern Africa, Johannesburg. quoted in Richard W. Bailey, "English at its Twilight," The State of the Language, eds. Christopher Ricks and Leonard Michaels (1990).