Ireland's struggle to revive the dead auld teanga are well documented. Tons of money, thousands of hours of schooltime, official sanction etc etc all culminating in an Ireland where the Irish language is little more than a minor hobby. Who cares Irish is gone ? Maybe we benefit from now speaking the 'world language'.
Looking forward into the twenty-first Century, lets think of the little languages. Languages not strong enough to have a big movie industry. Languages that increasingly import English words for all new technologies and whatever else is new ( civil partnerships maybe). Latvian, Albanian, Danish, Greek, Africaans, Nepalese...... will they all get polluted and eventually consigned to the dustbin of history ?
So, what lessons can all these little nations learn from the Irish experience ? Please keep the discussion polite and respectful at all times.
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