Thursday, March 22, 2018

Decline of Sorbian language

Now you live in Australia...
Mikolaj: Yes, many of us came from Germany.
Stephen: And yet, you now speak Sorbian.
Mikolaj: That is my culture. It is a minority there.
Stephen: If a language dies, a culture dies with it, you think?
Mikolaj: Not necessarily. A culture can be transplanted to a new language. The songs, the costumes, the festivals, the food can survive.
In the early twentieth century about 150,000 people spoke Sorbian. But now, there are only about 40,000. If you have roots in a culture, this can be an impetus to rescue a language. Or is it a fruitless mission accompanying the end of life?

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