Re: Last speaker of Bo died

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sun Feb 07 2010 - 22:08:24 CST

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    David Starner <prosfilaes at gmail dot com> wrote:

    > Recording the language is ethically neutral. As an outsider, meddling
    > in minority communities with the living goal of doing things that will
    > separate them and their children from the larger community
    > indefinitely is much more questionable.

    Another perspective: We often hear that languages die because their
    remaining speakers preferred to speak a more popular or mainstream
    language, or to teach it to their children, to improve their
    opportunities for economic success or reduce social isolation. While
    anthropologically we would prefer to have more language diversity in the
    world, not less, we can't completely disregard the wishes of the native
    speakers in this regard. Maybe, just maybe, nobody except Boa Sr spoke
    Aka-Bo for the last 30 years because nobody else wanted to.

    Doug Ewell  |  Thornton, Colorado, USA  |
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