December 15, 2008

“”To say that a language is dead is like saying that a person is dead. It could be no other way~for languages have no existence without people.” It is not difficult to see the limitation of such reasoning. If it were sound, one would be logically obliged to maintain a number of claims to which one doubts the experts in language death would immediately subscribe, such as that pirouettes, time zones, taboos, and arpeggios must also be said to be born and to die, just like human beings, since they, too, “have no existence without people.””

~Daniel Heller-Roazen, Echolalias


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