Sean of the Dead wrote:
That very well could be what I become, but I still have a few years to decide anything about what I want to do after high school/college. I do have a thing for languages not studied by many people and/or don't have many speakers (although it's mostly "and"). Most of the languages I want to learn fit into those descriptors, and the ones I really want to learn are Cornish, Lushootseed, Manchu, and Chinook Jargon, which are all well on their way to extinction except one, Cornish, which is currently being revived, with several thousand learning it, and a new generation of native speakers after its death. Lushootseed has somewhere from 60-120 native speakers, but could soon die if nothing is done, Chinook Jargon none (but there are around 10 speakers, all of which are linguists attempting to revive it), and Manchu less than 60 as I said in my previous post, but there are a few hundred more non-natives of varying levels of proficiency, and the revitalization of it is well alive.
Which ones do you think have the best prospects?And how could you best help with their revitalization?
I never said passive understanding, I'm learning to speak and write it too.
Well yes, but without anyone to speak to or write to your opportunities are limited. You'd have to go to Manchuria to really make use of your skills (especially since there's no way of entering the script into computers, and I'm not sure how many Manchu learners use the internet.
Thanks for this, I guess, it really got me thinking about my love for those 4 languages.
Perhaps I will
become a "revitalization linguist".
I wish more people did. So much attention is given to documenting dying languages but not enough enough is done to help preserve them.
Anyway I don't mean to derail this thread too much. But it is about Manchu in an indirect way.