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LINGUIST List 17.129

Mon Jan 16 2006

Disc: Re: 17.100, Disc: Prestige & Language Maintenance

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        1.    C. Rajendran, Re: 17.100, Disc: Prestige and Language Maintenance

Message 1: Re: 17.100, Disc: Prestige and Language Maintenance
Date: 14-Jan-2006
From: C. Rajendran <">yahoo.com>>
Subject: Re: 17.100, Disc: Prestige and Language Maintenance

Re LINGUIST issue: http://linguistlist.org/issues/17/17-100.html

I think that apart from prestige and the absence of contact with other
linguistic groups, opportunities also play a pivotal role for language
preservation. If the language one speaks at home does not afford any scope for
upward mobility in the society, the chances are that the next generations may
soon lose touch with it. This is a fact with immigrant Malayalee population all
over the world. In most cases, the second generation of immigrants may cease to
speak their mother tongue in places where it does not afford any scope for
social interaction and economic opportunities. Of course, when large groups of
a language community migrate to another place, they can preserve their
linguistic traditions intact. In any case, small languages of the world face
threat from the more dominant ones in the neighbourhood.


Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

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