Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jun 2012 11:17 UTC
Google While I sometimes see Dutch as an endangered language, reality is that with nearly 30 million speakers worldwide, we're actually doing pretty well. Sadly, this can't be said for the 3000 truly endangered languages of the world - nearly half of the world's total number of languages is on the verge of extinction, and with it, large amounts of human culture are in danger of disappearing forever. In collaboration with several universities and language institutions, Google has launched the Endangered Languages Project to document these languages - textually, visually, and auditorially.
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RE[3]: Sounds Good
by izomiac on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 12:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Sounds Good"
izomiac
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I beg to differ. The Sentinelese people highly value cultural identity, while Americans do not ("melting pot", a nation of immigrants, etc.). I suspect there's a linear correlation along that line if you throw in other cultures. That's not to say Sentinelese are less happy than Americans, just less developed.

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RE[4]: Sounds Good
by spiderman on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 13:31 in reply to "RE[3]: Sounds Good"
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2008-10-23

I beg to differ. The Sentinelese people highly value cultural identity, while Americans do not ("melting pot", a nation of immigrants, etc.). I suspect there's a linear correlation along that line if you throw in other cultures. That's not to say Sentinelese are less happy than Americans, just less developed.

Americans value their cultural identity much more than you think. You don't see it because it's not endangered but they do. To say americans do not have any cultral identity is ignorant. Baseball, western, hollywood, patrotism, freedom, the founding fathers, risk taking, poker, individualism, national pride, thanksgiving, independance day, quarter pounder with cheese are a few things that are part of american culture.

Edited 2012-06-22 13:47 UTC

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RE[5]: Sounds Good
by zima on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 13:51 in reply to "RE[4]: Sounds Good"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

...but is there something positive in their culture?

;)

PS. Ah, I see you're trying hard to find it, adding stuff to the original list ;p

Edited 2012-06-22 13:55 UTC

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RE[5]: Sounds Good
by izomiac on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 13:53 in reply to "RE[4]: Sounds Good"
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2006-07-26

I don't mean Americans don't have any, I mean that it's a culture of assimilation as opposed to conforming to tradition. English is a mesh of numerous languages. States have more cultural identity than the nation, but that generally has minimal influence on decisions (e.g. most people would take a higher paying job in another state if they can uproot easily). This may, in part, be due to having 400 years of tradition rather than 1,000+, so it's less ingrained.

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