About

Today, about 7000 languages are spoken around the world. Each one expresses a unique culture and gives speakers a special way of expressing themselves.

Of those 7000 languages, however, about half are in danger of being lost. Children are no longer learning the language of their people and are losing the connection they have to their culture.

In many cases, this is not a choice. In the United States and Canada, for example, indigenous children were placed in boarding schools and whipped if they spoke their language. In Australia, aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families and placed in white homes (the lost generation). This was in addition to the massacres that had occurred and great numbers of people who died from diseases introduced by Europeans.

In the revitalization movement of language and culture today, languages are finding new life. Everywhere, communities are organizing classes, events, workshops, radio broadcasts, Internet broadcasts and more to bring back their language and their culture.

The world is a very large place and 7000 languages is a lot to keep track of. The intention of this blog is to record some of the events—large and small—that occur from day to day in the revitalization community in non-technical language. It is hoped that these brief entries will inspire people to revitalize and spread languages for a richer tomorrow. And perhaps some of the information in the entries will be of direct interest to a reader or lead to a new discovery.

The information on this blog is almost all derived from the Internet. Most blog entries are inspired by an article on the Internet or an e-mail on a mailing list. The most common resources referred to on this blog are Wikipedia and the Ethnologue.

6 Responses to “About”

  1. pickleshane Says:

    Wow. This is the most awesome blog i’ve come across this week! I can’t believe you put in the time and effort. Thanks for creating and maintaining a wealth of information like this… It is simply amazing! 🙂

  2. wakablogger Says:

    Thank you, pickleshane. Best regards, Wakablogger.

  3. letutor Says:

    Wakablogger,

    Great blog! I have created blog on my company website that focuses on learning modern languages and language / cultural news. I would be interested in featuring your blog at some point so drop me a line and we’ll chat.

  4. Ben Says:

    Hi, I’m from the lexiophiles.com blog. I wanted to inform you that we published a list of the top 250 language blogs a short time ago, and we ranked your blog number 229 in our list!

    We have a short description of your blog on the website; we would appreciate if you could check it out and see if it is correct. If not we can modify it 🙂

    You can access the page at http://www.lexiophiles.com/language-blog-toplist/the-whole-list

    Best,
    Ben

  5. Peter Brand Says:

    Congratulations on a great blog wakablogger! Google Alerts just drew me to your FirstVoices posting. We appreciate your positive comments. I’m subscribing for future news – direct from source. Thanks! PB

  6. wakablogger Says:

    Thank you for the kind words, Peter.

    That post was intended to be a quick, five-minute write, but each time I tried to stop writing, I found something else on the site I just had to talk about. All of the efforts in the design and implementation of First Voices is astounding. Everyone must be very proud of the result.

    I look forward to reporting more about the site and thank you for the subscription!

    Kind regards
    Wakablogger

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