A study of language death and revival with a particular focus on Manx Gaelic
by Simon Ager
The fortunes of languages can rise and fall and are intimately linked to the fortunes of their speakers. Relatively few languages are becoming increasingly widely-spoken in the world today and it is becoming more and more difficult for smaller languages to survive. However prospects for smaller languages are not entirely gloomy and a number have been successfully revived or revitalised, and initiatives are underway to do the same for other languages.
Themes of language death and revival are explored in this dissertation, with a particular focus on the Manx language. It contains information from Manx speakers, learners and others involved with the language, as well as information from the literature.
This dissertation aims to answer the following questions:
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About the Author
Simon Ager, the author of Omniglot, wrote this dissertation in 2009 as part of an MA in Linguistics.
This questionnaire may be used to help you identify the characteristics, strategies and techniques of a successful language learner in your class. It is best if you do it in an interview format, to enable you to add questions where appropriate, to individualise it and to gain a deeper insight. Remember, every learner is different, and what works for one student may not work for another.
The questionnaire is in three sections:
Part One: Background and previous knowledge
Part Two: Language learning strategies
Part Three: Feelings and motivation