Thursday, June 27, 2013

English: the World Vernacular

One reason it is so important to get English-language liturgical materials right is because English has become, for better or worse, the world's vernacular language. It's not just about us, important as our English-language liturgies are in themselves.

This global reality hit home this morning when the Vatican issued this following official notice having to do with technological improvements, no doubt at the instigation of Jeffrey Tucker:
CONFERENZA STAMPA DI PRESENTAZIONE DELL’ACCORDO TRA CENTRO TELEVISIVO VATICANO (CTV) E CANAL 21 (EMITTENTE DELL’ARCIDIOCESI DI BUENOS AIRES) E DELLA NUOVA MASTER CONTROL ROOM ,
The announcement was made in Italian; however, the thing itself, the Master Control Room, has an English name. The sign is in Italian; the signified in English. The sacramentum is in the language of the place; the res in the language of the world.