I'm Michelle and I like languages a lot hmu
I DON’T CARE WHO YOU ARE PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS
A language is more than just a complex of sounds and structures and word-meanings. It’s also the bearer of a culture, an incredible freight of human knowledge and experience and understanding—of epics, myths, nursery rhymes, proverbs, parables, ritual formulae, jokes, love-songs, dirges. When a language dies, all this dies with it. Think about that, then multiply it by the literally thousands of languages now at risk.Derek Bickerton
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You do not get cookies for learning an endangered language; it is a personal endeavour, a difficult one because of the lack of resources, but a personal one nonetheless. You are not keeping that language alive because the ones who can keep the language alive are those that are encouraging language education, decolonization, and native populations speaking their language at all possible generations.
If I learn Ainu, then I am not keeping Ainu alive—the Ainu people in Japan who are encouraging the preservation of the Ainu language, however, are. This is an important distinction.
The problem isn’t change. All cultures through all time have constantly been engaged with new possibilities of life. And the problem is not technology itself. The Sioux Indians did not stop being Sioux when they gave up the bow and arrow any more than Americans stopped being American when they gave up the horse and buggy. It’s not change or technology that threatens the integrity of the ethnosphere. It is power, the crude face of domination, and whenever you look around the world, you discover that these are not cultures DESTINED to fade away. These are dynamic, living peoples being driven out of existence by identifiable forces that are beyond their capacity to adapt to.Wade Davis Muted Tongues
Mabou Loiseau is going to be on Ovation TV’s new series Young Marvels, which, as the title implies, is all about child prodigies in various fields.
Is it weird to be a fan of someone less than half your age??
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i’m so stressed because on one hand i want to do something with my life but on the other hand i want to just sit around and learn languages until the end of forever
Mostrai il capolavoro alle persone grandi, domandando se il disegno li spaventava. Ma risposero: “Spaventare? Perché mai, uno dovrebbe essere spaventato da un cappello?” Il mio disegno non era il disegno di un cappello. Era il disegno di un boa che digeriva un elefante. […] Bisogna sempre spiegargliele le cose, ai grandi.
- Il Piccolo Principe, Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
For twelve years, you have been asking:
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