College of DuPage's student newspaper | Est. 1967

The Courier

  • Welcome to the Courier online!

  • Follow us on Twitter: @CODCourier

  • Follow us on Twitter: @CODCourier

Are endangered languages worth fighting for?

UWire

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Uncommonly pithy words that native English speakers struggle to pronounce, like “iktsuarpok,” are often presented to the general public as reasons for saving endangered languages. If we lose these languages, the argument goes, we lose their beautiful words as well. But Gregory Anderson, president of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, argues that romanticizing unique words from endangered languages is an inadequate way to capture their value to speakers and communities around the world.

In an interview with the HPR, he explained that “there is nothing special, per se, about a language being endangered.” Instead, he carries out his work for different reasons. “We have a fairly narrow set of windows of opportunity to understand how language develops and how humans divide their collective experience and metaphorize it,” he said. “The more of these windows that get permanently closed, the less we’ll ever be able to know about what is and what isn’t possible and why.”

Read more: http://harvardpolitics.com/culture/thewordsforhope/

 

 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Are endangered languages worth fighting for?

    Features/Arts

    “Child of Light” Game Review: Intense gameplay; breathtaking graphics

  • Are endangered languages worth fighting for?

    Features/Arts

    Wanna make a difference? Try bleeding.

  • Are endangered languages worth fighting for?

    Features/Arts

    Alias Grace Review: Another Harrowing Adaptation of a Margaret Atwood Novel 5/5

  • Are endangered languages worth fighting for?

    Features/Arts

    Harvard explores hookup culture

  • Are endangered languages worth fighting for?

    Features/Arts

    A look at the best new titles in video gaming’s hottest month

  • Are endangered languages worth fighting for?

    Features/Arts

    Breitbart Left a Legacy of Cutthroat Honesty

  • Are endangered languages worth fighting for?

    Features/Arts

    Review: Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” tells unexpected story

  • Are endangered languages worth fighting for?

    Features/Arts

    What the hell is doxxing?

  • Are endangered languages worth fighting for?

    Features/Arts

    Wings Student Art Gallery: Making Impressions

  • Are endangered languages worth fighting for?

    Features/Arts

    Distinguished Alumni return to COD

College of DuPage's student newspaper | Est. 1967
Are endangered languages worth fighting for?