Some people think governments should spend money on saving languages with fewer speakers from dying out completely. Others think this is a waste of financial resources.
Discuss both these views and give your own opinions.
teeter on the brink of extinction
a money waster
be unstoppable artificially
ineffective and intangible
revive a language
a wealth of wisdom
be committed to
The more successful a country was economically, the more rapidly its languages were being losing and for these reasons and others, hundreds of languages are teetering on the brink of extinction and even become unfortunately extinct ones. However, the investment in protecting and preserving those dying tongues is to some extent not wasteful but necessarily worthwhile for government.
Compared with subsidizing the improvement of economy and education, funding the conservation of minority language appears to be a money waster. This is mainly because language death might be a natural part of the process of human cultural development and might be unstoppable artificially and because preventing it is not just money-consuming but labor intensive, an ineffective and intangible effort that may turn out to be meaningless. The money spent on unrewarding these activities, if invested in more significant undertakings such as poverty alleviation, AIDS combating, scientific research, etc., will be obviously beneficial to the general public and the whole society.
But this is not that simple. Financing language revitalization, on the other hand, is of cultural significance indeed and thus does worth the governments’ while. It is widely acknowledged that culture and language are undeniably intertwined and each language, more than just a means of communication, fully carries a unique culture and is the home of a nation’s mind, conveying the knowledge, thought and faith of its speakers. Simply put, when preserving and reviving a language even fewer people use, people protect the culture diversity and when losing a language, we lose a culture heritage.
Not only does reviving endangered languages financially preserve cultural diversity but it empowers humans to promote and progress in all fields. Containing an accumulated body of scientific knowledge, including about geography, mathematics, navigation, astronomy, and many more, every language is a wealth of wisdom from which future generations can fully capitalize on to spark thoughts, to solve different puzzles and problems and more importantly to develop further. In other words, without languages, there will be no knowledge on which a society relies to prosper. Therefore，being committed to preserving their dying tongues by different resources not just by money is what each governments and individuals should do.
To conclude, useless as it may seem, investing in minority language is beneficial to both culture and social cohesion rather than wasting money.