Language and Culture
Culture, of which language is often an integral
part, is an issue which can quickly divide a country, even
without monetary or religious aspects.
Further, many minority cultures are under
threat, not only by the majority culture of the country, but by
international cultures. It is the obligation of both the minority
and the majority to protect and cherish the minority's culture
It is not enough that the minority language and
culture be permitted; it must be protected, promoted,
and cherished by the majority. While is it true that the
disappearance of a minority culture would take much pressure off
the rest of the country, this seldom happens. Rather, threats to
that culture rouse its participants to think that they could do
better in their own country.
This should not happen.
- The majority should make it clear that
protection of the minority culture is a major advantage
of the minority's remaining in the larger country. The
country should be prepared to, and often show its
willingness to defend the minority culture in
- The majority should finance cultural and
linguistic efforts to protect the minority culture from
extinction threats, and should be a visible sponsor of
cultural activities within the minority area.
- One day each year should be set aside for
the entire country to celebrate the culture of the
- The minority should be encouraged to speak
its language, although lessons in speaking the majority
language will be mandatory in schools from early grades.
- In the schools of the majority, studies in
the language and culture of the minority should be given
- In the government of the country, bonus
pay should go to those who can speak the language of the
minority as well as that of the majority.
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