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Group Dialogue

Tanvir Ahmed, Mohammed Hasan, Damian Perera

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Jimmy Kimmel (Mohammed): Good Evening, Im Jimmy Kimmel and you're watching The
Late Night Show. Im pretty sure that you recently heard about the controversial debate of
globalization and the endangered language diversity. I, myself is actually pretty thrilled by the
facts. To better understand the topic , we'll talk with two of my good friends who are specialists
in that field. One of them is a linguist, anthropologist and broadcaster who has worked in the
Himalayas for more than 20 years. He directs the Yale Himalaya Initiative and the Digital
Himalaya Project and his name

is Mark Turin. Welcome Mark Turin on the stage; Another

friend is Deborah Cameron, a linguist, anthropologist, and a professor at the university of
Oxford. Please welcome, Deborah Cameron.

-Thank you for coming to the show. Im really looking forward to talking about the articles that
the both of you wrote.
-Start with you Mark Turin , tell us about your article
Deborah Cameron?
-Here are a few tweets I found on twitter about your article..........
-I have few questions for both of you, that people email it to us....

Mark Turin @MkTurin (Damian): Summary of Globalization Helps Preserve Endangered
In my article Globalization Helps Preserve Endangered Languages I talk about how new
technological advancements and other contributing factors has aided in the preservation of
endangered languages. There are so many different endangered languages that can be found in
Manhattan alone, and almost each and every one of them are bound to go extinct at some time
due to the language not being passed down. There are Efforts being made to preserve languages
that are going extinct. Due to the technology that is available today, such as Facebook and
Youtube, languages are able to strive on. Nepali migrants in London are able record their
wedding festivities and share them on social media so that friends and relatives at home could
see, these types of activities help people stay connected, even though they are living thousands of
miles away from each other. For example, certain languages that are going extinct are being
recorded on tape and stored away so that we can make sure that the language doesnt go extinct.
There are similar projects going on such as recording interviews with the elderly who have
fluency in a language to help preserve that language. All these efforts are bringing people from
all over the world together, producing diverse lingual communities.

Deborah Cameron @Dcameron (Tanvir): Summary of the Diversity in Danger :- Most

Linguists around the world would agree that the language are in danger of extinction. As an
example Australia had more than 250 indigenous language before the european colonisation
but only handful of them are existed today. Not only australia, its also happening in North

America, South America, Africa and Indian subcontinent as well. Nettles and romaine points out
that the first attack to linguistic diversity occurs in two sort of waves. Biological and economic
waves. Although Economic wave has the most influence on it. There are many ways the
language get lost. Through natural disaster and tragedy but the worse one is the voluntary
assimilation. I also believe preservation of the language is very important as the language are in
danger. If you look at it, we wont have any sort of religion, mathematics, law or history. On the
other hand, globalization also endanger language diversity due to western influence and
assimilation. So globalization actually isnt helpful for preserving language. Globalization also
makes the culture homogenous and eventually dissolving the root of the assimilated culture.

Mark(Damian): @MkTurin Your view on language globalization is pretty pointless. No one is
going to lose or benefit from anything if a language is lost. If it was so important to them, they
would be speaking the language to this day.

Deborah(Tanvir): @DeborahC Due with all respect madam, its very hard to understand which
side you are on, Is language diversity good or not ? As professor at Oxford, I expected a bit more
clarity. #LanguageDiversityInDanger

Mark(Damian): @MkTurin Ok, Manhattan might be home to more than 800 languages, but
how do you know that these languages are at risk of disappearing? Did you personally go ask
everyone if their language is going extinct? Im guessing no. 800 languages is more than enough,
losing a few wouldnt matter.


I dont agree with the statement she made about preserving

western language and due to that reason we are able to a religion, mathematics, history or law.
When people wrote this down, their main concern wasnt to preserve the language but rather
keep the information as documentation for the future generation. #LanguageDiversityInDanger

Mark(Damian): @MkTurin So you say that you watched these videos on how Nepali migrants
shared wedding ceremony footage with their relatives right? In what way, shape, or form does
that have anything to do with language? You probably ran out of examples of how Globalization
helps preserve language and just wrote that to fill up your article. Face it Turin, Globalization
does NOT help preserve language.

Deborah(Tanvir): @DeborahC, I know you are a very wise individual on the topic of language
diversity but I dont think you have the right to criticize the ideology of voluntary assimilation.
Its voluntary, if anyone wants to assimilate a new culture or language let them, its none of your
or our business to go against it. One must do whatever benefit him the most.
#LanguageDiversityInDanger #Assimilation #YouDoWhatYouGottaDoBooBoo

Questions and Answers:Question For Turin (MOHAMMED): How will recording languages that are going extinct
benefit a whole community, if they are not using that language anymore?
Answer from Turin (Damian): A language can hold cultural value and so future generations will
be able to look back and see a part of their history.The technology is the tool that will enable us
to transmit the information to future generations.

Question For Cameron (Mohammed): Can you elaborate on the 2 assault wave on the
language diversity?
Answer from Cameron (Tanvir): Well there are two different waves mentioned by the author of
the Vanishing Voices, the two waves are Biological and economical. Biological wave occurred
when some human societies turned from nomadic hunting and gathering to farming and then the
economic wave followed. Thats most serious one. On that wave, larger group with higher
economy had the power and small groups language was pushed aside. The dominant language is
decided by the strong economic power of a region and its still visible till this day.

Question For Turin (Mohammed): Why is linguistic diversity important? Are there any
benefits to have so many languages spoken around the world?
Answer from Turin (Damian): Having linguistic diversity all around the world will help us stay
connected and it will enable us be dependent on each other , through the use of technology, we
will be able to accelerate this process.

Question For Cameron (Mohammed): Why preserving a language is very important ?

Answer from Cameron (Tanvir): Preserving a language is important because without preserving
the language we are losing the history of mankind. In the book vanishing voices it is stated that
out 6500 language existed in the world, half of it might disappear by the end of this century but
preserving the language actually helps it revive and go on even if the language encounters
dangerous factors. Such as natural disaster, globalization and assimilation. It does no harm to
preserve a language, so why not put in the effort and embrace the history and culture of human

Question For Turin (Mohammed): So basically what you are saying in your article is that you
support Globalization and that you believe that it helps preserve language?
Answer from Turin (Damian): Yes, I do support Globalization and I believe that it helps preserve
language in the long run, especially due to the technological advancements all around the world,
which will serve as the gateway to the sustenance of language.

Question for Cameron (Mohammed): So do you support and globalization ?

Answer from Cameron (Tanvir): Not really, You see globalization actually destroys many
language as people get assimilated with the new culture and forget their own. They value the
new western language and neglect their cultural language in order to be adapted with the new
society. If you look in the past, many and many language actually disappeared due to

globalization as people moved to different and carried their diseases along with their language.
Since the indigenous people were non-immune to that disease, many of the clan were wiped out.
Globalization is also bad for preserving language due to assimilation.

Argument Question
Question for both of the author - (Mohammed) Can you state one aspect you agree and
disagree from the other authors article ?
Answer from (Tanvir and Damian) :Damian :- Well I agree with her viewpoint on how language is in danger and that we should
preserve it and we should care more about the endangered languages. The side I disagree with
Deborah is, that I think globalization is actually important and has many good perks. It increases
the language diversity and also helps preserve language as well.
Tanvir:- I agree with Turin that we can preserve language though the modern technology. I
realized thats a revolutionary change within our world. I believe globalization has its own perks
but unfortunately Im not convinced enough to change my opinion yet but I do see where you
coming from.

Closing Statements (Mohammed): The discussion was very interesting and informative. I see
that both of you brought up many important point of views. I enjoyed it very much and hope the
audience did as well. Unfortunately we are out time now but looking forward to seeing you guys
at the show again in the future. Thank you very much for joining us and goodnight to everyone.