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In this essay, we will be going into depth in the question; “Should we try to preserve endangered cultures and their languages?”.
We will be looking at the for and against arguments and how these are affected.
An endangered culture is practices, ideas and customs of people in society that
are beginning to die out because it is losing its believers, new traditions and
practices being introduced, this causes cultures that are dying out and the
languages which these cultures use are also dying out alongside them.1Examples
of these are old traditional welsh words, traditional rainforest tribes, Inuksuit people of north-west Greenland,2the Vilyui Sakha, indigenous horse and
cattle breeders in the Vilyui River region of northeastern Siberia.3some
of the arguments for preserving endangered cultures and their languages are: in
some ways it preserves our past and keeps us connected to our ancestors, their
cultures are their beliefs and they are what make those people in the cultures
belong together, it is said that the cultures they follow are dying out and
they feel that as they lose this they also lose part of their identity. Some of
the arguments against are: they are old-fashioned in a modern world, the
language that the endangered cultures use is not necessary in a world that has
its main Languages e.g. old welsh, our wildlife and environment are far more
important to preserve than endangered cultures.

 

One FOR the preservation of endangered cultures, is that cultures allow people
to protect their homes even if they are an isolated group. For example, nature.com
says “A small isolated group of humans with no vote or voice is as
valid for preservation as an endangered species. A country such as Ecuador has
everything to gain by protecting both intact ecosystems and cultures through
hands-off policies that are akin to those used for endangered species.”4This
means that they help one another to protect their home and its environments
they do this by means of protest of if they are living in the wild such as the
traditional rainforest tribes making it known that they are living there and
the land should not be harmed. This is a for the preservation of endangered
cultures because cultures bring people together by creating a community but it
also gives them a common goal such as protecting the rainforests or one
another.

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One AGAINST the preservation of endangered cultures is that the cultures
that are endangered are ill-equipped for the modern world. For example, tropical
rainforest cultures would be ill-equipped for the modern world because they
live in the rainforest they haven’t been brought up within society and
therefore live very isolated lives and grow old not knowing the modern world
meaning they have idea of all the new findings such as advance medicines and
technologies e.g. mobiles, computers, iPad, speakers. This makes them illipe
for joining the modern would such as if the rainforests end up being completely
destroyed by man for their energy sores, they would be illipe for this because
they wouldn’t understand this technology and wouldn’t be able to function
alongside it.

 

A second  FOR the preservation of
endangered cultures is that it brings people together, this is shown in Tom
Belt story about his tribe’s language not being taught to the younger
generation and him being a minority amongst his people that can speak Cherokee,
this language brought him and his wife together because she was shocked when
they met that he knew the language and that he could speak the language clearly
she had said to him 20 years ago 5″the thing that attracted her to me was that I was the
youngest Cherokee she’d ever met who could speak Cherokee”. This shows that
even for someone from the same culture as him sees that Cherokee is a language
that isn’t spoken this therefore make 5Tom realize that he was just
one in 400 people that are left speaking Cherokee in the eastern band of the
tribe. So far, the people that are speaking the language are threatened with
demise and this isn’t the only language threatened by this. 5″Over
the past century alone, around 400 languages – about one every three months –
have gone extinct, and most linguists estimate that 50% of the world’s remaining 6,500 languages will be gone by
the end of this century (some put that figure as high as 90%, however). Today, the top ten languages in the world
claim around half of the world’s population. Can language diversity be preserved,
or are we on a path to becoming a monolingual species?” but also at least 5″100
around the world have only a handful of speakers” this varies 5″from
Ainu in Japan to Yagna
in Chile.” It
can be difficult to find these people too due to the lack in their numbers. In
some famous cases such as 5″Marie Smith Jones passed away in Alaska in 2008, taking the Eyak language with her” however, they are usually older individuals
who don’t advertise their language skills.

 

A second AGAINST the preservation of endangered cultures is that it’s
pointless to try to preserve a language where the younger generation that comes
from that culture/language speakers are preferring a more popular language such
as English. An example of this would be the pitkern speakers from the Pitcairn islands and the Norfolk islands in the south pacific
only has 6500 people speaking it the rest of the people are more
interested in speaking other languages such as for example, 6″Younger speakers are
increasingly preferring English, and many of them are moving to New Zealand or
other English-speaking places. Even the small Pitkern-language version of
Wikipedia has been proposed for closure twice.” This shows that more and more
people are not wanting to keep their own cultural languages around so why
should we try to preserve these languages if their own practitioners don’t wish
to keep them alive in their daily life because of being more interested in the
more popular languages around. However, some linguists believe that in losing a
language is like 6losing a specie for example 6″linguist
James Crawford says 6″when
languages die the world loses four big things: linguistic diversity,
intellectual diversity, cultural diversity, and cultural identity.””

 

Thirdly, a FOR the preservation of endangered cultures and their
languages is because language is an important part of society, this is because
enables people to Communicate and express themselves to others. To a person
being able to express themselves is an important side to them because it makes
them who they are and without a language it is easier for an endangered culture
to die out. 7According to the united nations educational,
scientific, and cultural organization 7″from
facts published in their “Atlas of Languages in Danger of
Disappearing,” there are an estimated 6,000 languages spoken worldwide
today, and half of the world’s population speaks the eight most common. And
3,000 languages are spoken by fewer than 10,000.” Ways In which have been
suggested to help prevent this dyeing out of languages is by teaching the
younger generations as they grow up so that they are raised speaking this
language and therefore being encouraged to keep up their traditions and
language and end up teaching their children the same language and cultures in
which they were raised to believe and follow from a young age. It is necessary to
preserve language because without them we won’t have our cultures and our
cultures make us who we are.

 

Thirdly,
another AGAINST is that if the language is unsuccessful in being kept alive
then there is no point in trying. The article I’m going to use to prove this
point is by a person called Kris, he says that 8″To
me languages are like businesses. The successful businesses thrive and create
great surplus, that is to say more speakers of the language are born or made
than speakers are dying.” This shows that he doesn’t think that languages
should be preserved because if a language is dying out we should let it because
it is unsuccessful. He also said that there are only 6 reasons to learn a dead
or near-extinct language and these are: 7″1. Because an info-graphic in your Facebook news feed said you should, 2.
“Just because”,3. Because you want to save the language, 4. Because you are
bored, 5. Because you need a distraction from studying another language
(procrastination), 6. Because it’s cool,” 8he also states that
reason 3 is one that it is the one with the most contradicting points and he
found it very difficult to put that point into his post as it contradicts his
point of view.

 

Another FOR the protection
of endangered cultures could be to protect isolated cultures of being harmed by
other societies. For example, in the article supporting this it says that we
have learnt that in 9history that when other cultures have met with
the endangered cultures that live in isolation from other cultures have been
struck by disease, and in some cases misunderstandings of the smaller less
advance culture and their belfies. This shows that we should be careful in our
contact with them but also, we should protect these cultures as by not
protecting them and causing disturbances with them we are not only damaging
their culture but also other human life which we must not do under any
sercanstances.9

 

Another AGAINST the
protection of endangered cultures could be that