Importance of Indigenous Languages

An indigenous language is one of the identities to culture and strength feelings of pride and self-worth to the people following indigenous culture.  Indigenous language carries cultural knowledge, connects people within the same blood relation from the rest of the other, songlines, and stories reliant on the language and vital cultural elements to be passed on from generation to generation.


Indigenous people have their own language through which they share their indigenous knowledge from generation to generation. Indigenous people have their own way of solving problems using practical knowledge based on practices done over the years on their respective environmental conditions they live in. They have developed how to behave with the environment which ultimately creates resilience to environmental disasters and helps us to fight against various climatic and day to day changes. These all sources of knowledge lies in the language they speak but the indigenous languages are dying around the world. With the loss of the indigenous languages, valuable knowledge also washed away.

Since, the world is shrinking day by day with technological advancement, with the same rate as well as the indigenous languages cultural and indigenous knowledge diversity are also in the phase of loss. As people frequently come in contact with the outsiders, they follow broadly spoken language which is not their native and slowly their next generation becomes more fluent in the second language and slowly loses their native language. Come less in practice lids generation to come have a negligible amount of knowledge about their own original language or mother tongue and at some point, the language would officially declare dead when the last speaker of the language gone dead. With the death of the last speaker of the language, their languages also die with them. Thus, indigenous language should be taught to the next generation to alive the language. 

In the world around, mainly in English spoken country and English as an official language of Nation, most of the local indigenous languages are on the verge of extinction. As local and indigenous language has limited use in the open world thus, the preservation of them is challenging. No work is performed in the local indigenous language, literature from English, and other more common languages easily overpass the language of the minority. In other nations as well, where a single language receives the standard as the official language of Nation other languages have gone neglected in most cases. 

The only way to prevent the death of indigenous languages effective action should be carried out like developing the script of the languages, keep records to make printed documents are essential for preserving in the long run. The records should include how the language sounds when pronunciation in recorded audio file and context of its use. These measures are required when the language in the extreme verge of extinction if no effective steps are undertaken.

It is not the best idea to preserve language in recorded form but also required fluent speakers of that language for long run protection in alive form. That is possible when teaching and taking language classes to the interested group is done in time before it's getting too late. Using digital and social media outlets sometimes helps to preserve the indigenous language if it's used wisely to protect the languages in danger. The language of the internet has impacted the local languages which will be increasing its impact at an exponential rate causing a negative impact on the local and indigenous language and its survivability. 

Currently, it is said that the language loss is at the rate one language every two weeks from the work is dying. The main reason behind it is children of the new generation are not encourage to speak their home language. For indigenous oral societies, words hold knowledge amassed for millennia and are the foundation of culture thus its preservation is essential.


Importance of Indigenous Languages Importance of Indigenous Languages Reviewed by Amrit Devkota on April 26, 2020 Rating: 5

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