Essay Endangered Languages

898 WordsFeb 2, 20134 Pages
“Endangered languages should be saved” Many languages are at the danger of disappearance. The reason of their extinction could be the decrease in a number of people speaking that language. A 85% of 6000 languages appear to be spoken in 25 countries (NOW 2000). Language extinction is caused by external and internal factors. Internal forces such as community’s negative behaviour to mother language, or simply decrease in the number of speakers are mainly derived from factors such as military, economic, religious and cultural issues (Brenzinger, Graaf). Many people claim that administration ought to support endangered languages by funding programmes that are dedicated to preserve these languages. But some argue that saving languages at…show more content…
Fewer variety of language means fewer contributions to education facilities such as multilingual schools and colleges, materials published and certainly less inconvenience among people communicating with each other. Even international deals could be done without translating legal documents from one language to another. Another argument to support the usage of one language is the ease of communication between people. In order to learn some science, travel to other countries and do a business in different countries people should spend great number of time, huge sum of money and unfulfilled effort to learn needed languages. Furthermore language learning is not easy process, as it seems to be. So shy spending and contributing so much if there are already a common language that can be understood by everyone easily. One example to this could be the English language with its international usage pattern that is used widely in a lot of countries which gives chance to communicate freely. However being able to easily communicate and cost efficiencies have their advantages. In spite of the facts proposed above, government should consider steps to save languages that are rarely spoken. A language is not only the tool for communication. Language plays vital role in cultural, traditional, and national expression. By supporting languages administration protects its society from degradation. Language is the reflection of a cultural
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