gravy chugging cretin.: Semper Ubi Sub Ubi
Great Porn Dragon: MaliFinn: BFletch651: This process will continue. In 100 years nearly all the native languages in the Americas will be extinct.Some of the languages are growing. Kids are taking Tribal language classes in public schools.And some are going even further than this--in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (the ones who DIDN'T get the hell ethnically cleansed to Oklahoma), there's actually a program (rather similar to ECE and Head Start but run by the tribal government) that has babies and toddlers and their parents all come in...specifically to learn Cherokee (the babbies learn it like babbies learn any language, the parents learn it a bit more conventionally--Cherokee as a Second Language wasn't really instituted in tribal schools till the late 80s so there is a significant percentage of parents who don't speak the language natively).The idea is that the parents will speak Cherokee extensively to the kids in the home as well as in "mom and kid" classes, the kids will grow up naturally multilingual in Cherokee and English (just like, oh, a kid raised in a home with both Spanish and English speakers can learn both languages natively) and then they'll speak in Cherokee to THEIR kids.(And this is itself based on a program that's done in a few other First Nations with endangered languages--I'd be kind of surprised if there wasn't a program like that in place for Lakota, to be honest.)
feckingmorons: I had Lakota tongue once, I had to take Ampicillin for a week.
dickfreckle: Will someone remind me why I took Latin?
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