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Heritage Languages Under Threat

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

If you could go back in time and visit some of your ancestors, would you be able to communicate with them?

Many of the languages and dialects our ancestors spoke have either disappeared or are under threat. On the Isle of Man for example, the last native Manx speaker, Ned Maddrell, died in 1974. Although great efforts are underway to revive it as a living language on the Island, fluent Manx speakers are in the minority. Two other Celtic languages, Cornish and Breton, are fighting for their survival as well. An interesting article posted on the Celtic League’s website in 2010, FOINSE FOCUS ON MANX, BRETON AND CORNISH LANGUAGES, highlights efforts being made to save these languages in their respective countries.

Click here if you wish to read the article.

UNESCO’s Atlas of World Languages maps out areas where the indigenous language has been flagged as endangered. Click here for a link to UNESCO”S Atlas to see if any of your “heritage” languages are on the list.

If you are interested in heritage languages and their preservation, you might find these groups of interest:

  • Intergroup for Traditional Minorites, National Communities and Languages:

Website: http://www.galkinga.hu/en/minority_intergroup/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Intergroup-for-Traditional-Minorities-National-Communities-and-Languages/125934977420371

  •  EuroLang:

Website: http://www.eblul.org/ 

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Eurolang/174907085047

  • Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity

Website: http://www.npld.eu/

Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/NetworktoPromoteLinguisticDiversity