Though many in Cyprus seem to find this perspective fascinating, empowering and downright appropriate, many others eye it with suspicion and hostility. The curriculum document itself is characterized by an explicit effort to remain descriptive and inquisitive about language and its functions and to steer away from prescriptivism and ideologicalization. Interestingly, however, most of the louder voices in the debate that ensued are totally missing this point, assuming that the curriculum represents an effort to elevate CG to a formal national language and to, in extension, assert an autonomous Cypriot national identity that is no longer connected to Greekness. Though such canned, knee-jerk reactions are not uncommon in discussions involving marginalized language varieties, I have to wonder whether this curricular innovation seeking to preserve the Greek Cypriot students’ right to their own language will take hold. And if it does, I wonder whether its inquiry orientation will be preserved or whether it will be perverted into a prescriptive manifesto of "appropriate language use" or even worse of "appropriate" linguistic, social and national identity.
Posted by Xenia Hadjioannou