Language & Culture
Aiden Yeh, Ph.D.
Wenzao University

http://media.namx.org/images/editorial/2010/03/0329/v_pradhan_langu...
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2009/11/whats-lost-when-a-language-dies/29886/

• Our parents' and great-great...
http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2009/11/whats-lost-when-a-language-dies/29886/

• But what about the language ...
http://esl-bits.net/listening/Media/LanguageDies/language-extinction-hotspot.jpg
Expert/critic

• Pamela Serota Cote, whose doctoral
research at the University of San
Francisco focused on Breton language...
• "We understand things, events, ourselves
and others through a process of
interpretation, which occurs in language,"

htt...
The loss of heritage
• Because language discloses cultural and
historical meaning, the loss of language is
a loss of that ...
To weaken or destroy

• The loss of language undermines a
people's sense of identity and belonging,
which uproots the enti...
• Sometimes language dies because an
entire population dies out. That's still a
loss, just as every plant and animal that
...
http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2010/02/last-speaker-of-ancient-language-of-bo-dies-in-india/
To decrease in strength

• But in cases where the language wanes
Died out
not because of physical extinction, but
because ...
• For someone inside a lost or dying culture,
a language can be like the memories of
our grandparents--not required, or ev...
• "If we are not cautious about the way
English is progressing it may eventually
kill most other languages."
French lingui...
http://effiehsiao.pixnet.net/album/video/33616356
• "What we lose is essentially an enormous
cultural heritage, the way of expressing
the relationship with nature, with the...
• For linguists like Claude Hagege,
languages are not simply a collection of
words. They are living, breathing
organisms h...
http://meetville.com/quotes/tag/world/page498
http://www.11points.com/images/painfullyobvious/lostlanguage.jpg
http://meetville.com/images/quotes/Quotation-Ariel-Sabar-life-language-time-MeetvilleQuotes-36210.jpg
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When a language dies- lecture notes for Language & Culture

  1. 1. Language & Culture Aiden Yeh, Ph.D. Wenzao University http://media.namx.org/images/editorial/2010/03/0329/v_pradhan_language/v_pradhan_language_500x279.jpg When a Language Dies
  2. 2. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2009/11/whats-lost-when-a-language-dies/29886/ • Our parents' and great-great-grandparents' memories, after all, tell us not only of the world before our time, but of who we are and where we came from. They give us our pride, our shame, our sense of grounding and roots, and a sense of continuity that is a unique part of our personal narrative and identity.
  3. 3. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2009/11/whats-lost-when-a-language-dies/29886/ • But what about the language those ancestors spoke? Is that an important part of the picture, as well? And does it need to be kept "alive" in the same sense that we want their stories remembered and retold?
  4. 4. http://esl-bits.net/listening/Media/LanguageDies/language-extinction-hotspot.jpg
  5. 5. Expert/critic • Pamela Serota Cote, whose doctoral research at the University of San Francisco focused on Breton language and identity, argues that looking at language as only a practical tool or as an outside connoisseur, as McWhorter does, misses the central importance of language to personal narrative and identity. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2009/11/whats-lost-when-a-language-dies/2988
  6. 6. • "We understand things, events, ourselves and others through a process of interpretation, which occurs in language," http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2009/11/whats-lost-when-a-language-dies/2988
  7. 7. The loss of heritage • Because language discloses cultural and historical meaning, the loss of language is a loss of that link to the past. Without a link to the past, people in a culture lose a sense of place, purpose and path; one must know where one came from to know where one is going. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2009/11/whats-lost-when-a-language-dies/2988
  8. 8. To weaken or destroy • The loss of language undermines a people's sense of identity and belonging, which uproots the entire community in the end. To pull out/ to remove/ to destroy http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2009/11/whats-lost-when-a-languagedies/29886/
  9. 9. • Sometimes language dies because an entire population dies out. That's still a loss, just as every plant and animal that becomes extinct is a loss to the richness of the planet's tapestry of existence. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2009/11/whats-lost-when-a-language-dies/2988
  10. 10. http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2010/02/last-speaker-of-ancient-language-of-bo-dies-in-india/
  11. 11. To decrease in strength • But in cases where the language wanes Died out not because of physical extinction, but because of cultural subsumption, the loss of a language is a far more personal tragedy ... at least to those within that culture. To include/ to become part of a more comprehensive one http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2009/11/whats-lost-when-a-language-dies/2988
  12. 12. • For someone inside a lost or dying culture, a language can be like the memories of our grandparents--not required, or even convenient, for efficiency of operation in a modern, globalized world, but essential for our sense of roots, security, identity, pride, continuity and wholeness. http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2009/11/whats-lost-when-a-language-dies/2988
  13. 13. • "If we are not cautious about the way English is progressing it may eventually kill most other languages." French linguist Claude Hagege http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8311000/8311069.stm
  14. 14. http://effiehsiao.pixnet.net/album/video/33616356
  15. 15. • "What we lose is essentially an enormous cultural heritage, the way of expressing the relationship with nature, with the world, between themselves in the framework of their families, their kin people," says Mr Hagege. http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8311000/8311069.stm
  16. 16. • For linguists like Claude Hagege, languages are not simply a collection of words. They are living, breathing organisms holding the connections and associations that define a culture. When a language becomes extinct, the culture in which it lived is lost too. http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8311000/8311069.stm
  17. 17. http://meetville.com/quotes/tag/world/page498
  18. 18. http://www.11points.com/images/painfullyobvious/lostlanguage.jpg
  19. 19. http://meetville.com/images/quotes/Quotation-Ariel-Sabar-life-language-time-MeetvilleQuotes-36210.jpg

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