Το 90% Των Γλωσσών Θα Εξαφανιστούν Στα Επόμενα 100 Χρόνια

13 Ιανουαρίου 2010 | 1 σχόλιο

Ο γλωσσολόγος Τζον Μακβόρτερ γράφει στο World Affairs για την εξαφάνιση των γλωσσών, και εξηγεί ότι δεν θα είναι καθόλου κακό πράγμα.

As we assess our linguistic future as a species, a basic question remains. Would it be inherently evil if there were not 6,000 spoken languages but one? We must consider the question in its pure, logical essence, apart from particular associations with English and its history.

Είναι, φυσικά, εντελώς λογικό. Κανένας δεν "εξαφανίζει" μια γλώσσα: Η γλώσσα πεθαίνει επειδή οι άνθρωποι την εγκαταλείπουν. Και, όπως πάντα, οι άνθρωποι (ως κοινωνίες/σύνολα) ποτέ δεν κάνουν κάτι ενάντια στο (συλλογικό, πρωτόγονο, ακόμα και ασυνείδητο) συμφέρον τους.

When the culture dies, naturally the language dies along with it. The reverse, however, is not necessarily true. Groups do not find themselves in the bizarre circumstance of having all of their traditional cultural accoutrements in hand only to find themselves incapable of indigenous expression because they no longer speak the corresponding language. Native American groups would bristle at the idea that they are no longer meaningfully “Indian” simply because they no longer speak their ancestral tongue. Note also the obvious and vibrant black American culture in the United States, among people who speak not Yoruba but English.

via io9