Monday, November 3, 2014

choosing to intentionally let a langugage die and why

This is an interesting BBCNews article about a tribe, the Maidu in N. California, that has a few senior speakers remaining. They see knowledge of their language as a special gift. They see non-tribal members trying to learn it and fear it will be use for the wrong purpose or against them. They believe that to share knowledge is a special honor with obligations.  They are now choosing to let their language die out. This is an interesting view. Many tribes are seeking to revitalize themselves culturally by learning the language. This tribe is not. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29804445

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