Article Title: Can saving a language help a community that’s under threat in a globalised world?

 

Article Summary

The writer sheds light on the issue of dwindling number of few communities and their ethnicity across the world. From the fight of the indigenous Ainu community of Japan to create their own identity to the secessionist struggle of Catalonians of Spain, the overall effect is the threat of disappearing languages.

The Ainu community of Japan had received active recognition in 2008, but still, a comprehensive notion of livelihood or indigenous rights is not focused by the act. While many are still under serious threat, indigenous and minority languages in other parts of the world are experiencing a period of regrowth. The government of Spain has taken steps in this regard; however, there remain divided views on reviving the regional languages. But some still believe that the next generation is the one that will have to continue the work of preserving and spreading cultural traditions, including language.

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Words to Learn from this article:

Indigenous- originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native

Instigate- bring about or initiate (an action or event)

Asylum- the protection granted by a state to someone who has left their home country as a political refugee

Limbo- an uncertain period of awaiting a decision or resolution; an intermediate state or condition

Secessionist- favouring formal withdrawal from membership of a federation or body, especially a political state

Disseminate- spread (something, especially information) widely.

Inextricable- impossible to disentangle or separate

Archetype- a very typical example of a certain person or thing

Revitalize- imbue (something) with new life and vitality

Shoddy- badly made or done

 

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