Running Head: DISAPPEARING LANGUAGES 1 Disappearing Languages Paper Course Name Student’s Name Institution
DISAPPEARING LANGUAGES 2 Disappearing Languages In the recent past, most scholars, linguists and non-linguists, have commented on the survival and non-survival of languages all over the world[Net00]. Many have stated that many of indigenous languages, with particular emphasis on languages in the Pacific region[Den06]. Moreover, many also agree that the chances of languages surviving are mostly influenced by many underlying factors that seem to be phasing out the cultural importance that came with the necessity of learning and understanding indigenous languages[Wyr96]. This recent substantial increase in scholarship revolving around the fate of the world’s linguistic diversity showcases the concern that many have over the remaining linguistic resources of the world[Den06]. The purpose of this essay is to highlight the importance of preserving endangered languages with particular emphasis on its causes and well-established solutions. In the current concern over slow language death, the Pacific region has been reported to be rightly receiving a lot of attention[Wyr96]. Being that the region boasts of a variety of linguistic diversity, with an approximation of 1200 languages, the importance of linguistic preservation is most evident[Den06]. It is highly crucial to preserve endangered languages because of their attachment to important cultural information. Lexicons of indigenous languages are often characterized by their ability to capture useful and interesting information[Den06]. For instance, a language has the ability to create a lexical distinction between two different types of plants that could present substantial medical benefits[Den06].
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- Spring '13
- Mawili Muhammad
- Foreign Language, Lost Languages, Disappearing Cultures, languages, Extinct language, Endangered language