Lost and Changing Languages
I really enjoyed the article â€śThe Indo-European Languageâ€?. My parents have always loved to travel so I have been to many places around the world and heard many different languages spoken. The idea of a languages being â€ślostâ€? seems so sad. Think of everything a language does for the world. There are things that have been invented and stories that have been told that wouldnâ€™t be possible without ever language that has ever been. I also thought a lot about the people that spoke the â€ślostâ€? languages. The words they said or wrote in their language can never be said or written again unless the language is reconstructed, but even then it isnâ€™t ever going to be exactly the same as it was before. There is sadness in that thought, but there is also something very sacred in it too.
Chapter 13 in Finegan talked about the change of language over time. I think that the world is experiencing one of the greatest forms of language changing as we speak. The internet and technology is incredible. The information that we are able to get over the internet boggles my mind. Before the internet we invented if someone came across a newspaper or magazine that was in a different language the only way they would be able to read it was if they knew the language or knew somebody who could translate it for them. Now all we have to do is go to an online translator and the whole document can be translated in a matter of seconds. The wealth of information and culture that we can obtain simply by reading a translated newspaper from another country online is amazing to me.