Here’s a very interesting interview from Radio National about Australia’s endangered languages, and more general questions about, among others, preserving languages and the cognitive advantage of bilingualism and multilingualism.
From the ABC Radio site:
“Three linguists liken saving endangered languages to preserving the variety of cheeses. Reclamation and maintainance of languages can result in cultural diversity and pride.
The importance to preserve languages is the topic of discussion in this week’s social segment with community linguist Vaso Elefsiniotis, Dr Simon Musgrave from the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University and the Chair of Endangered Languages from the University of Adelaide, Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann.”