The article talks about languages and the importance of them. The author elaborates on preserving languages and how it affects society’s growth. There are two sides of the argument, one suggesting that languages matter in the historical context, affects human behaviour and why languages are fading away. And the other, Scientists and Philosophers who firmly believe that language preservation are obstacles on society and one language would be ideal. Three significant claims from the author Rebecca Roache are the following: “Yet were the Louvre to decline an offer from a skilled forger to exchange the Mona Lisa for an ‘improved’ copy that eliminated the damage suffered over the years by the original, we are unlikely to view this decision as sentimental.
” “there is plenty of evidence that language influences the way we think and experience the world.” and “We can preserve a castle by paying people to maintain it. But we can’t preserve a minority language by paying people to carry out maintenance.” Through these claims, I will contribute to the discussion including real life examples of my own to impose a counter claim to reach conclusions about my knowledge question and its implications.
The first claim relates to the historical aspect of a language. Preserving a language is not sentimental it’s part of something bigger, deleting presence, culture and history. The knowledge claim of the author is: “Yet were the Louvre to decline an offer from a skilled forger to exchange the Mona Lisa for an ‘improved’ copy that eliminated the damage suffered over the years by the original, we are unlikely to view this decision as sentimental.” Language is history, just like the Mona Lisa, what makes the Mona Lisa so significant was it’s theft, in 1911. We are still in shock of how it was stolen, it’s all a mystery. The deterioration it has suffered over the years from the original to where it is today, in one piece is extraordinary. It’s a historical fact, that has marked a time in humanity.
To relate this to my experiential knowledge, I lived in Dubai for the first seventeen years of my life. I’m orginally Lebanese and my parents taught me the Arabic language. In the United Arab Emirates, I have always interacted with people from different countries at school. Through reasoning I understood that languages are mostly not a personal choice. I did rely on my culture to understand the reason why it is something forced upon us since birth.
The history is cherished and remembered by them because it represents their surroundings and how the world was at their time.