Diversity is a cornerstone for the future of humankind, just as biodiversity is a necessity for the healthy survival of nature and all the species in it. Without the rich variety of cultures and languages that have developed together with the environment in which its peoples have evolved, humanity would lose important links to the world that sustains it. The viability of a culture can be measured in terms of the number of language speakers. However, as a language becomes endangered, the diversity of the vocabulary also declines. The objective of this work was to explore the vibrancy of languages and cultures over time as a result of external forces, and to consider effective techniques to preserve languages. Measurement techniques, models and the role of technology are explored. The language diversity thus retained leads to the benefits obtained by appreciating it across cultures. It is proposed that greater strength and understanding can be obtained by appreciating other cultures. This will ultimately lead to the great value that language diversity has to offer, through the link between culture and environment around the world.
|Keywords:||Cultural Sustainability, Endangered Languages, Minority Languages, Language Diversity|
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada