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The Linguistics

            Local languages are being ignored as the world progresses in terms of increasing populations and technology. Such languages have undergone extinction, as largely reflected by the present generation that does not know how to speak their own native language and instead have replaced the same with a common language that is required in the modern culture. Subjectively, I do not pay much attention to this issue but after watching The Linguistics, it was surprising to note how much the world is loosing its heritage while embracing the future. The film is a documentary that demonstrates language disappearance in a few different parts of the world.

The Linguistics was produced by a man who discovered that he could not read some language writings of the Jewish tradition despite being born within the given ethnicity. The production was lengthy, as the report team had to visit diverse locations in different countries in order to acquire extensive information concerning the issue’s magnitude. Most investigators acquired altitude illnesses caused by the exposure to immense heights owing to instance of climbing mountains. The condition included indicators such as lightheadedness, headaches and stomach infections.

Nations present in the film included South America, India and Siberia. The criterion employed in choosing the covered regions was the moribund level with the most affected dialects identified as Chulym, Sora and Kallawaya. The voyage included Andes Mountains, villages in Siberia, English institutions, a village known as Sora in India and an American Indian reservation located in Arizona. Distinct scenes are given for each of the identified regions in the film. For instance, recordings of Siberia covered societies utilizing the Chulym native dialect. In Arizona, the local inhabitants speak a language known as Chemehuevi, majorly present amongst the desert tribes related to the Native Americans known as the Paiute. The Sora is a dying dialect amongst the Orissa people of India whereas the Kallawaya dialect was noted in the Bolivian nation.

The film presents factors like racism, social and economic conflicts as the strongest influence tools for a majority of commonly accepted world languages including the involvement of systems of politics and social development. Through this, The Linguistics enhances the importance of language revitalization, which involves efforts to reestablish native languages of the past that have been shut down due to modern culture influence. In addition, the film also evidences the significance of learning such languages through acquiring historical information as noteworthy educational bases for present and future generations.

One appealing factor present in the documentary was the opportunity to learn various interesting cultures and tribes that have failed to be given the appreciation and recognition as they deserve in terms of linguistic richness. Most of the names mentioned in the film were actually new to me, and it was therefore informative in terms of knowledge attainment. For example, it was interesting to note that in Bolivia, within the location of the Andes Mountains, a language known as Kallawaya is spoken by a group of traditional healers. The communication amongst the healers utilizing the dialect was extremely appealing. As much as such dialects are being wiped out, they have so much to offer in terms of cultural diversity as well as social development. The documentary is commendable in its campaign for dialect preservations and its support in alerting the present generation in being proud of their heritage as it is helps to determine their future with regard to identity creation.

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