Reassessing revitalization reasoning

As reported on May 6 on this blog, a Breton (bre) scholar wrote a blog entry on having a change in heart about language revitalization.

Today, Daniel W. Hieber followed up with a post titled “Language and Value,” in which he examines why languages should be valued, including a discussion on value theory.

Among other things, he argues there are no good a priori arguments for language revitalization; that is, the love for language revitalization derives from interaction with language, not from moral abstractions.


2 Responses to “Reassessing revitalization reasoning”

  1. Alexander Dietz Says:

    It is similar to music. As we save music notes, we ought to pass on languages as traditional music of an area or country.

    In the Bretagne, I would strongly be in favour of Breton as mandatory core subject for all students in order that they can make a competent decision which role the regional language shall play in their lives.

    Mandatory teaching of regional or indigenous languages has at any rate positive effects if they are not taught in a way that pushes children and youngsters off. Ireland proves that doing so will not be without effects.

    It is of course difficult to convince a few millions of people of the worth of the regional language if it is already very minorized.


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