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Endangered Languages - The tragedy of dying languages


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« on: October 31, 2010, 05:41:55 PM »

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From the BBC on 5 February 2010:

The tragedy of dying languages

The death of the last speaker of an ancient language in India's Andaman Islands highlights the fact that half of the world's 7,000 languages are in danger of disappearing. Linguist K David Harrison argues that we still have much to learn from vanishing languages.

Entire article here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8500108.stm
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2012, 12:43:34 PM »

Oh, I have noticed the article only now. This is just sad, and I don't know what to say which makes my post rather useless. I occasionally think about this topic and it always makes me sad. People have to see a personal gain to keep or even learn their ancestral language - and this is exactly where the problem lies in many regions. Fear from being oppressed and getting socially stigmatized is, in my opinion, the most important reason why many languages vanish. This happens even in major European countries, not just in some rainforest communities far away.
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2013, 01:59:13 AM »

Actually I think the sad part doesn't begin when the language dies, but when there are only a handful of (older) people left that you can talk to in your native/childhood language, or when you're the only person left who speaks that language and have nobody to speak it to... it's literally a sadness that nobody else will be able to understand...
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« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2013, 04:06:14 AM »

I fully agree! That sounds indeed horrible, being that lonely, nobody there to speak to in your own language. I guess you feel like that unicorn in "The last unicorn", a very sad feeling. I haven’t thought about this aspect in a long time, thanks for bringing it up!
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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2014, 11:09:34 PM »

It is really sad when a language dies because the culture also dies. I wish that people would promote these languages more.  sorry
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