The Slow Death of Languages
Currently there are 7,000 languages left in the world, but by the end of the century about half of these will be extinct.
Why is language an important part of humanity?
Language plays an important factor in the lives and future of humanity because it provides a way for everyone to communicate with one another and is used as a way to express ourselves individually. As languages slowly die out all over the world, single languages are becoming more dominant. As this is happening humanity is slowly losing the knowledge of the importance that language plays in making every individual and culture unique. Without language one can not communicate and without communication there is no knowledge.
Language used as a cultural identity:
We all identify ourselves with at least one culture ranging from American to Gothic, there are so many different cultures in the world which is why communities are so diverse. Along with these different cultures there is at least one language associated with it. Language is a main factor that makes every culture different from one another and helps make the planet a more diverse place and every individual unique. Also the language(s) we speak is an indicator of what culture we come from or associate ourselves with, because language is a way for us to express and communicate within one another. At the same time culture can and does shape the language around us. A great example is how American culture has manipulated the english language to fit individual needs by creating slang and phrases that vary from state to state but were influenced by the communities cultural backgrounds.
Why are languages becoming extinct?
Even though there are roughly about 7,000 existing languages in the world today but over time different dialects are becoming distinct and one main factor is the rise of dominant languages. As the world progresses with technology it has now become easier for many different types of people to communicate with one another and you do not even have to be in the same country. With this new technology we now do not even have to study the language for us to communicate because we can simple use google translate. The downside is that we lose the knowledge that we gain from learning new languages and many have no desire to even bother learning a new language because what is the point we have google translate, right? Except in countries where technology is not as advanced or there is not even technology the people rely on the language being passed down from generation to another. But at the same time languages like these are only spoken within the tribes or communities and are usually not written down and once the last person who knows it dies, along with their death they take the language with them.
The effects of languages becoming dominant:
Languages becoming dominant have both positive and negative advantages. With new advances in the 20th century up until now it has become vital that we all have a way to communicate with one another no matter where we are. One way we can all communicate around the world is technology and the advances of computerized translators, the downside of that is that people are losing the desire and knowledge of the importance of learning more than one language. With the fast growth of communication it has been noticed that individual popular languages are becoming dominant and has become a priority for some to learn especially for jobs. Some examples include english, spanish, and chinese because of how big these countries are and how closely these countries work together in trade it has become impossible in the United States to get a job without knowing one of the languages listed. An advantage of this is that it is way easier to communicate with one another and it makes communicating with other easier especially in the workplace where time is money.
Ways We Can Preserve Languages All Around the World:
I believe that language is knowledge because without language there is no knowledge. Language is the glue of communication and is how we preserve cultures and become more diverse. Out of the 7,000 languages that are still existing today it is said that by the end of the century there will only be half of 7,000 languages left. The problem is as these languages die a unique culture and knowledge dies out with it. To lessen the number of languages going extinct each year we can reach out to other countries and just take the time to learn about the individuals and their culture. Also individually taking the time and becoming more aware about different languages and maybe even learning one can help. Writing down languages that are endangered is also a good idea because then at least in the future we will know that that language and culture even existed. Finally, just taking the time to appreciate the cultures all around you is not only beneficial to your personal knowledge but also to the future of society.