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As Anzaldua suggests, a common tongue that can express people's "realities and values" makes possible the cultural process of community formation around a shared form of life.
English remains the most common tongue, being spoken by 51% of Europeans (13% as their mother tongue and 38% as a foreign language), followed by German (32%, including 14% as a foreign language), French (26%, including 14% as a second language), Italian (16%, including 3% as a foreign language), Spanish (15%, including 6% as a foreign language), Polish (10%, including 1% as a foreign language) and Russian (7%, including 6% as a foreign language).
Whatever else they shared, apart from this label, it certainly was no common tongue.
Indeed, this unselfconscious fluency in the common tongue readily gives the lie to any notion of 19th-century "Negro inferiority," and it should have been apparent at the time as well.
For a while the Queen and Mrs Putin conversed freely, presumably in French, their only known common tongue.
Brown approaches surfing less as a sport than as a language--a common tongue uniting disparate nomads from all comers of the Earth.
In fact, one wonders if it is even appropriate to speak of English society as if early modern England was indeed a nation rather than a collection of local entities barely united by a common tongue under a monarch.
Instead of promoting a common tongue, the government enforces a rigid policy of bilingualism.
Of course, as a first language, the world's most common tongue is not European, but Asian.
We are two-headed like Eng and Chang the Siamese Twins--but our heads are from different countries with no common tongue.
Of course, as a first language, the world's most common tongue is not European but Asian: Mandarin Chinese is now spoken by nearly 900 million people.