April 27, 2012

Editorial: Alaska Native Languages: It All Comes Down to Choices

From http://juneauempire.com/art/2012-04-26/alaska-native-languages-it-all-comes-down-choices#.T5nPir8zJRw

Alaska Native languages: It all comes down to choices
April 26, 2012

Linguists have been predicting the death of Alaska Native languages for decades now, and whether or not those predictions prove accurate comes down to the choices you and I make on a daily basis. The past 200 years have been devastating; from boarding schools to disease to social discriminations, we are now left with the aftermath of successful attempts to destroy languages and cultures. But that does not mean we have to resign our efforts or just allow this to happen. In fact, it leaves us all with a tremendous amount of power and the decision is right here before us: speak now or let it go forever.

Read the full editorial at http://juneauempire.com/art/2012-04-26/alaska-native-languages-it-all-comes-down-choices#.T5nWsL8zJRw

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