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Mon Feb 20 2012

Disc: Social Media and Endangered Languages

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        1.     Roger Blench , Social Media and Endangered Languages


Message 1: Social Media and Endangered Languages
Date: 18-Feb-2012
From: Roger Blench <rogerblenchyahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Social Media and Endangered Languages
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I see from the BBC website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17081573

that 'digital tools' [i.e. Facebook, Twitter etc.] are going to save
'Endangered Languages' according to 'scientists'. No scientists are
mentioned in the accompanying piece and the only languages referred
to are North American.

My question is whether there is any evidence at all that genuinely
endangered languages elsewhere in the world are likely be be even
affected by such digital tools? My experience is that the reverse is true,
that new media tend to promote dominant languages and scripts.


Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
                            Sociolinguistics





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