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When Languages Die, Ch. 1

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Racquel Yamada

on 24 September 2014

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Transcript of When Languages Die, Ch. 1

Connection to Heritage
by K. David Harrison
What is lost when a language dies?
...in addition to the language.
tie to heritage
linguistic features
traditional knowledge
cultural expression
Chapter 1 Summary
A World of Many (Fewer) Voices
Linguistic Features: Rare sound systems
Traditional Knowledge: Medicinal plants
Cultural knowledge
When Languages Die
Some examples....
Photo credits: 'horizon' by pierreyves @ flickr
But why not just shift to the majority language?
Everyone should be free to choose which language(s) they speak.
Studies show cognitive advantages to multilingualism.
Religious practices in many parts of the world involve veneration of ancestors. If a community shifts languages, how do they pray?
Bilingualism is actually the norm around the world. Learning the language of business does not mean one must give up an ancestral language.
Language & Identity: How can you call yourself {insert ethnicity here} if you don't speak the language?
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