by Simon Ager
The fortunes of languages can rise and fall and are intimately linked to the fortunes of their speakers. Relatively few languages are becoming increasingly widely-spoken in the world today and it is becoming more and more difficult for smaller languages to survive. However prospects for smaller languages are not entirely gloomy and a number have been successfully revived or revitalised, and initiatives are underway to do the same for other languages.
Themes of language death and revival are explored in this dissertation, with a particular focus on the Manx language. It contains information from Manx speakers, learners and others involved with the language, as well as information from the literature.
This dissertation aims to answer the following questions:
Read the dissertation (PDF format, 517K)
Simon Ager, the author of Omniglot, wrote this dissertation in 2009 as part of an MA in Linguistics.
Here's a video of a talk I did on the subject at the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin in June 2014.