Silent Plains … The fading sounds of native languages
Frederic Briand
National Geographic News Watch, 28 February 2013

LONDON, UK: In this article, Frederic Briand of The Mediterranean Science Commission comments on the loss of linguistic and biological diversity and the parallels between them. He notes that “For each time a native language dies out, it is a distinct universe of mental constructs, with unique ecological wisdom acquired through millennia of direct contact with nature, which is lost. Gone is the refined Cheyenne technique of prairie management by fire in the dry mid-summers, almost gone the mysterious understanding of Namibian savanna animals by !Kung San hunters, and highly endangered the immense knowledge of the sea and its resources inherited by traditional fishing peoples from Oceania to the Arctic.” Read the article …