Endangered Languages And Cultures : Why We Should Do Nothing

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Endangered Languages and Cultures
Why We Should Do Nothing
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Endangered Languages and Cultures
Why We Should Do Nothing
Over winter break I watched Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. It has since become my favorite film. Scott’s attention to detail is evident in every frame of the movie. Language, or rather communication, is a recurring theme throughout the film. More precisely, Cityspeak—a language made up of German, Japanese, and Spanish—is one of the not so noticeable thematic elements of the film(being described only once by Harrison Ford’s voiceover in the 1986 U.S. theatrical release, and not at all in subsequent cuts which opted to not use the voiceover). Cityspeak highlights a key characteristic of all
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This is but one example of how word meanings change. According to Richard Nordquist (2016), a grammar and composition expert, broadening is the process by which a word 's meaning becomes more inclusive than an earlier meaning. For instance, in Old English, the word dog referred to one specific breed, whereas it now denotes any domesticated canine. Moreover, the common view is that television and other popular media are steadily diluting regional speech patterns. Without a doubt, pop-culture plays a role in spreading new words and cultural norms; however, according to J. K. Chambers(2012), a professor of linguistics at the University of Toronto, the media have no significant effect at all, claiming Bart Simpson and Ellen DeGeneres are not the biggest linguistic influence, human interactions are. Linguistic change is also evident in literature. For example, Fazli Can, a professor at Bilkent University, and Jon M. Patton(2010), a professor at Miami university, attempted to quantifiably analyze changes in the Turkish language by analyzing literature using forty novels of forty authors. They showed that, as time

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