Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

How a language that went unspoken for a half-century was brought back from the dead

“Over the past several decades, many Native American tribes have participated in what has become a robust language revitalization movement. As their populations of fluent speakers dwindle and age, tribes want to ensure that their heritage languages are passed on to the next generation—before it’s too late.

 But because the Chitimacha tribe had no living speakers for a number of decades, it made the challenge that much greater. In the end, the story of the language’s decline, loss and rebirth is a remarkable example of cultural survival.”

Read more @ http://qz.com/474118/renaissance-on-the-bayou-the-revival-of-a-lost-language/

Languages do matter!

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