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Theory of knowledge - Preservation of Language Through Diversity

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Vikesh kakad Theory of knowledge Preservation of Language Through Diversity Language is the expression of human communication through which knowledge, belief, and behavior can be experienced, explained, and shared. This sharing is based on systematic, conventionally used signs, sounds, gestures, or marks that convey understood meanings within a group, community or society. The methods that have been flowing to use from hundreds of years for acquiring a language come in three forms written, spoken, or signed. From the Stone Age where human brains were less developed and the only form of communication was sign language and written language. Written language was in form of drawing, these drawing were really important in their age because they described situations such as danger or a source of food. As time passed man developed both physically and mentally, there were birth of different languages and means of communication that helped man change the world. Apart from language being a mean of communication, it plays a major role as a carrier of the history and the culture built into the process of that communication over time upheld by each individual, each family, each community, and each nation. This shows that language promotes through culture thus bringing diversity. ...read more.

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But if English is oppressed in a non-English environment, it brings a negative effect on the oppressed. These effects are, the loss of culture, traditions and identity, inequality and lack of education. Firstly, language describes the values and tradition of a certain culture and the identity of a certain nation; basically language acts as a root of a nation. Invading a nation with a foreign language and forcing the people to establish a new language may distort the traditions and values of the nation. From the past we see that the invasion of colonialist brought a lot of change in the world, especially Africa. Their main aim was to take over the land and obtain the raw materials from Africans who were the owners of the land. The only way that could be used to obtain their goal was to impose foreign culture and tradition on the Africans. The colonialist explained that their culture was more superior to the African culture that was inferior and underdeveloped, plus offered education and job opportunities to people following only the foreign culture. The desire of a better life attracted a lot of Africans to leave their cultures and traditions that is the main reason of the development of foreign language, and surrender their lives depending on the colonialist without knowing that they are surrendering their land as well. ...read more.

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To save what remains of our languages, it is crucial that we preserve them immediately in mediums such as books, CD-ROMS, audio recording and videotapes all of our fluent speakers, most of whom are our Elders. Capturing the purest oral forms of our languages to ensure that they will be available to future generations would lead to the promotion of a language. By making people aware of their language and the values of their culture would be another effective way to prevent a language from isolation. Referring to Robert Rweyemamu's article, he says," it is a fact that Kiswahili is spoken by millions of people in Africa and few in U.S.A, Europe and Asia. But more pressure and enthusiasm are needed to win the language a place of honour at the United Nations and other international institutions". From what is observed above, it is necessary to preserve both the specific and established forms of languages. This is because both of them are linked with each other and both of them are linked to cultural and traditional aspects. The languages from the past are the origin of the present language that are necessary for us to live and develop our lives. Therefore preserving both the specific and established language shows development in diversity and togetherness. ...read more.

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