Is Preservation of Local Languages Clinging to the Past?

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Written by Dyami Millarson

It is asserted that those who wish to preserve local languages are clinging to the past. Speakers of minority languages would, therefore, be old-fashioned. However, speaking and transmitting local languages is no more clinging to the past than using and transmitting national languages or even world languages.

All living languages on this planet are linked to the past in one way or another. Languages do not just emerge at once in the present, but they take time to develop their distinct features; each language has a history, and so it is really, as mentioned before, no more true to say that local languages are clinging to the past than national languages.

It is, at the same time, true that small languages have a tendency towards linguistic conservatism, but this is to be seen as a curiosity rather than an impediment. Local languages have the same evolutionary…

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