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The Value of Linguistic Diversity

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Published on Sep 15, 2011

techiezeus's webcam video September 15, 2011 03:25 PM

I came across an old discussion with a poll attached about "what will be THE international language" and I decided to film this, because in my studies over the years I have seen and heard many such discussions and similar concepts being talked about and I have noticed many people treating anyone who grew up speaking a different language than themselves like they should be ashamed of themselves for it or something.

Languages are treasures! THAT is MY opinion! When I meet someone who speaks with an accent that is unfamilliar to me, I recognize that I am the one lacking the knowledge of that accent and while my accent may or may not be of value to themm, their accent most certainly is of value to me. If I meet someone who speaks a language that I do not know, I recognize that they have a treasure which they could share with me without having to give up anything more than some of their time, if only I had the capacity to learn acquire it quickly enough to be worth asking them to spare the time to share it. I often share what I can of my own linguistic treasures, but again there is the time issue. This is where the Pont language is intended to shine. It is a key to the treasure chests in which languages have been locked away, each for all practical purposes accessible to those trapped on the inside but not accessable to those who are trapped in some other linguistic box from which they may as well be viewing the world outside through a keyhole.

I CAN NOT make a dialect of Pont for every spoken or written language, but WE can! What I am doing is to engineer a linguistic seed with the ability to adapt what grows from it to new environments and the ability to absorb new information to use that information in the production of new seeds. It will be up to other people to nurish and care for the seeds and the linguistic keys that grow out of them. Sure, I intend to do my part... but no one person is enough for this to work.

WE ARE afterall, the environment in which languages live and grow, so I would ask that anyone who can see the value in what I am trying to offer please be prepared to put some reasonable amount of effort into giving the seeds of the Pont language what they need to flourish.

If we are lucky, the language may one day reward you by unlocking linguistic treasures for you. If not so lucky, you will still have done some healthy linguistic exercise... so the worst case scenario is that all you get out of it is a slightly healthier brain, but the best case scenario is beyond my ability to describe. It would be as if we have lived all our lives in a huge treasure chest, so used to the surroundings as to not notice the value of what we have, but unable to experience the new treasures waiting for us to discover, until somewhere inside of our own treasure chest someone found a way to make a key to the outside world and plenty of tools to make keys for all the other linguistic and cultural treasures out there... and then, decided to share those tools.

Donald Arthur Kronos - Actor

P.S., here's a link to the message thread I mentioned...
http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthr...

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