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Language Revival: Securing the Future of Endangered Languages

University of Adelaide via edX


Language is an integral part of society. Wherever we come from, the words we use and the way in which we use them are fundamental to our cultural identity. In today’s increasingly globalised world, however, ‘linguicide’ – the loss of a language – is becoming all too common. But there is hope. The language revival movement has emerged as an important and effective response, and this course will introduce you to its key principles and techniques.

After discussing powerful answers to the question of why languages should be revived, we’ll investigate how. Far more than just a simple process of recovering literacy and lost letters, language revival involves a deep and complex engagement with history, human rights, identity and wellbeing. You will also learn what’s being done around the world right now, and how effective these techniques have been.

Taught by

Rob Amery and Ghil’ad Zuckermann

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  • Kristina Šekrst completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.

    Loved the course and it motivated me to to more in the field of language revival. As a professional linguist, I cherish these attempts very much, and I'm glad to see new linguistic courses on MOOC platforms! The enthusiasm of the instructors was simply contagious.

    The only objection I have is in the self-assessed part of the work - it should be peer-reviewed, since either it can be abused, or people such as myself can be too critical of themselves and lose points. edX platforms offers peer review, so this could be an improvement.
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