We Have Reached 1200 Followers

Written by Dyami Millarson

We are very thankful that there are now 1200 people following us. This is more than the total number of speakers of Aasters, Eilauners and Hielepes combined, showing that the worldwide interest in endangered languages with limited speakers stretches far beyond the original group of speakers. If we continue to grow like this, we can be a source of inspiration to the communities of these languages, for they will know there are far more interested people than there are speakers belonging to their community. Such a reality will give them the much needed hope that their language and culture will not be forgotten.

Please feel free to comment below and tell us why you think it is important that small languages and cultures be not forgotten!

8 comments

  1. Back in college I found out that the Japanese I learned as a child was really a dialect of the Wakayama province of Japan, where my paternal grandparents were from.. It really wasn’t “incorrect” by Wakayama standards, but I was mercilessly corrected and even teased by my instructors in the Japanese department. (Many of them were themselves not native Japanese speakers, so this especially stung. I find that people who learned Japanese as young adults/academics tend to be more rigid in their perception of the language than native speakers.) So I am acutely aware of regional dialects; though I’ve spent most of my adult career as an English teacher, I think it’s rude to correct someone’s grammar while they’re speaking because I know that not all of us who speak English are going to talk like a BBC news reader. (!)

    Anyway, I think what you are doing is important. I do worry about the recent global rise in nationalism and the preservation of regional dialects becoming tangled together, but I also fear that if a dialect or language dies, we lose an entire culture and literature, whether it’s oral or written.

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