Lost Languages


source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8311000/8311069.stm

I ran in to this interesting article on the BBC News website today, and thought it was worth sharing.  It discusses some of the important issues that face us when it comes to working in a small, minority language.  As we work in the arts, we face some very similar challenges to these.  Here’s a quote by one of the linguists, Claude Hagege, interviewed for the article:

"What we lose is essentially an enormous cultural heritage, the way of expressing the relationship with nature, with the world, between themselves in the framework of their families, their kin people," says Mr Hagege.

"Its also the way they express their humour, their love, their life. It is a testimony of human communities which is extremely precious, because it expresses what other communities than ours in the modern industrialized world are able to express."

We feel the same way about the arts as he feels about languages.  What better way to communicate an important, life-changing message than through a medium and language that speak to someone’s heart?


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