How to Save a Language from Extinction

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As many as 3000 languages could disappear within the next 80 years, all but silencing entire cultures. In this quick talk, language activist Daniel Bogre Udell shows how people around the world are finding new ways to revive ancestral languages and rebuild their traditions and encourages us all to investigate the tongues of our ancestors. Reclaiming your language and embracing your culture is a powerful way to be yourself, he says. Here are some tips to save a language from extinction.

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Revive, preserve and reclaim ancestral languages.

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Rebuild cultures.

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Use old books.

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Play to teach children.

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Organize weekly or monthly events.

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Gather and speak in public.

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Photocopy old dictionaries stored away in university archives.

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Expand media access and creation.

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