Vanishing languages - Vanishing voices
Thread poster: Catherine GUILLIAUMET

Catherine GUILLIAUMET  Identity Verified
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Jun 19, 2012

Hi,

A very interesting, moving and alarming article :

The chapeau of the article asks :

One language dies every 14 days. By the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear, as communities abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish. What is lost when a language goes silent?

And the conclusion :

Their (= those language-speakers) mortality is a reminder of the mortality of their cultures, an intimation that with each speaker’s death another vital artery has been severed. Against that—against the possibility that their language could slip away without alarm or notice—stands a proud perseverance, a reverence for the old, an awareness that in important ways a key to our future lies behind us. That, and an insistence that the tongues least spoken still have much to say.

See : http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/07/vanishing-languages/rymer-text

Have a great day

Catherine


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Tom in London
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All things must pass (George Harrison) Jun 19, 2012

"All things that are born must die. Work hard for your own freedom from sorrow"

The Buddha

[Edited at 2012-06-19 11:15 GMT]


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