One of the first MOOCs launched by AdelaideX, Language Revival: Securing the Future of Endangered Languages is being relaunched as a self-paced course on 6 October 2016.
Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages explains the Macro and Micro of MOOCs.
MACRO: Language is an integral part of society. Wherever we come from, the words we use and the way in which we use them are fundamental to our identity, spirituality, wellbeing, cultural autonomy and intellectual sovereignty. In today’s increasingly globalised world, however, ‘linguicide’ (language killing) and ‘glottophagy’ (language eating) are becoming all too common. But there is hope. The language revival movement has emerged as an important and effective response. Revivalistics is a new trans-disciplinary field of enquiry surrounding language reclamation (e.g. Hebrew), revitalization (e.g. Maori) and reinvigoration (e.g. Irish).
MICRO: Far more than just a simple process of recovering literacy and lost letters, language revival involves a deep and complex engagement with history, human rights, society and mental health. Specific examples can be taken from Hebrew, Kaurna, Barngarla and Hawai’i.
Further information: Professor Ghil‘ad Zuckermann, Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages, email@example.com