What is Language For?

Robert Bringhurst, Poet, Typographer and Linguist. As the list of endangered languages grows, and endangered ones die off, linguists and native speakers have begun to collaborate on language revitalization and resuscitation, bringing genuinely dormant languages back to a new life in a new world. But is language independent of its environment? Is it the same spoken indoors and out of doors? In the interest of healthy human cultures, what can language do for us, and what can we do for our language?


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