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maddykingsley | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 24, 2012 at 3:00 PM via web

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What are some distinct factors promoting the revival of minority languages in the face of globalization? 


(lesser-used  minority languages include Welsh, Basque, and Inuktitut)

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 24, 2012 at 3:47 PM (Answer #1)

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There are a number of factors that contribute to the revival of minority languages.

The most important of these factors is nationalism.  Even as globalization occurs rapidly (or in some ways because of globalization) minority peoples do not wish to lose their culture.  As world cultures become more similar to one another, minority groups feel it is important that they not lose their culture.  This is a form of nationalism.

A second factor is growing wealth.  As various groups like the Welsh (or various Native American tribes) come to have more wealth, they have the wherewithal to educate their children in their ancestral language.  This was not previously possible when children were not able to get much education.

Finally, there is a growing interest in preserving minority cultures even among the majority.  Much of the work of ensuring that minority languages come back has been done at least in part by academics from the majority culture.  It is often supported by majority governments.

All in all, then, the revival of minority languages comes about because of changing attitudes and growing wealth.

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