[NDNAIM] Activists and Scholars Meet at UCSB to Learn How to Save Endangered Languages
ROOD DAVID S
David.Rood at Colorado.EDU
Sun Jul 6 03:51:25 UTC 2008
Paul, the classic "revival" success stories are Czech and Hebrew, and
maybe Hawaiian, to the best of my knowledge -- so it does happen. But I
think some of the larger Siouan languages are on the right track, e.g.
Crow and Lakota.
David S. Rood
Dept. of Linguistics
Univ. of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309-0295
rood at colorado.edu
On Fri, 4 Jul 2008, voorhis at westman.wave.ca wrote:
> Jimm GoodTracks wrote:
>> *Subject:* Fw: [NDNAIM] Activists and Scholars Meet at UCSB to Learn
>> How to Save Endangered Languages
> < snip >
>> ... to examine successful models of language preservation ...
> < snip >
> I guess I ought to attend the conference to learn the "successful models
> of language preservation," but aside from the obvious success that comes
> from having a million or more speakers in a politically and economically
> independent state, is there any other successful model? And how do you
> measure success, and how do you know when you've achieved it? Would the
> Celts have claimed success in preserving their language in 100 BC or the
> Goths in 300 AD?
> But the subject line speaks of "endangered languages." Success at
> preserving one of those must be measured by restoring the language to
> regular use in a community which has been mostly using some other
> language. Has that ever happened anywhere?
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