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Poem: "Why Old Women Fall in Love with Linguists"
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kestrels_nest From: kestrels_nest Date: April 17th, 2013 04:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes it's the choice of the parents rather than the children. Our grandparents wanted their children to be Americans. They wanted to belong. And so even though they spoke the languages of their youth to each other, they did not speak them to us, nor much in our presence. They changed their names - Yossel became Joe, Gittel became Gertrude, Rasha became Rae and Moshe, Morris. My near-sister has lamented often that she could so easily have been trilingual - both her parents grew up speaking Polish and German, but they would not do so with their children. We were to be Americans, and Americans spoke English.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: April 21st, 2013 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

That does happen. I find it very sad.
From: technoshaman Date: May 15th, 2013 04:09 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Still a melancholy ending, but not nearly as tragic as Humboldt's Parrot... at least *some* will be remembered.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 15th, 2013 04:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

So very true. I hate that so many languages are dying out, but I love seeing bunches of people get on the internet to save others.
From: technoshaman Date: May 15th, 2013 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Some old languages have even made it to the digital age.... a Cherokee woman back in February showed me her iPhone, with its Cherokee alphabet alternate keyboard... I was seriously impressed.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 15th, 2013 04:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

That is awesome. Cherokee has been very stubborn about language retention. They have a whole press, The Book Publishing Company. I've heard there are newspapers too, or were. It's pretty lively online. So are Navajo and Lakota.
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