The collection of thoughts, links, images, etc here is meant to bring attention to ideas and actions for a challenged and challenging world. Written and spoken language, to say the least, have been important tools to this end for some time. The language we use on this site, by default, is a function of those of us who banded together on a given day at a given time to do this jig. Other languages, the cultural patrimony sometimes referred to as intangible, are hopefully strengthened, rather than weakened by this effort.
This fellow makes some very important points about the English language. We have not read his book, but from his excerpted thoughts there is good cause to read more reviews and add it to the maybe list. Meanwhile, we make our cultural case (another reason, beyond skiiing, to put Kashmir on your map?) to keep languages alive, perhaps especially of those not included on the most-alive list:
There are anywhere from 350 to 500 million native English speakers, and up to 1 billion more who use it as a second or additional language to some extent. That’s 20% of the world’s 6.9 billion people. There are close to 7,000 languages spoken around the world today, but according to Ethnologue, 39% of the Earth’s people speak one of eight brand-name languages: Chinese, Spanish, English, Arabic, Hindi, Bengali, Portuguese, and Russian (Japanese is number 9). Of these, only English can claim global dominance.