Loss of Language

For various reasons, some languages wane and eventually become extinct over time. The loss of language can have a profound effect on culture, which is intimately linked to language. “Culture is expressed through language; when language is lost, those things that represent a way of life, a way of valuing, and human reality are also lost.” Linguists argue that teaching children a language in school is not enough to ensure the language will survive. Instead, older speakers of a language must implement “strategies directed toward family life, culture building, and promoting a sense of community,” in conjunction with language teachings.