Forward, a scratkness of the level ‘ my Five pennies ‘.
As far as I am concerned, not only are all dialects extinct, but also all languages-well, in one common language.
The metaphor of the Tower of Babel: A common project was smothered by making the employees unintelligible.Language creates a gap between people-the mutual understanding is limited. Cooperation becomes difficult if you do not understand each other. Language. Language splits people-see the Times in Belgium (Real counterpart: Switzerland. That seems to be working).
Mutual understanding, in these times, is needed harder than ever.
But language is also culture.I can learn Chinese until I understand all the grammar, nothings, phrases-but do I understand the Chinese? Their language has formed them differently. Language, however, leads to misunderstanding.
As far as I am concerned, dialects in itself have no great value.But now that has been said, it is valuable for cultural diversity (or regional authenticity) to preserve it.For me it is also an interesting linguistic phenomenon, but for communication it has no more practical usefulness than a standard language. As has been said, a lot of valuable knowledge is decided in ancient languages and dialects, so in that respect they can be preserved better (in spoken or written form). In practice, it can help if you have mastered dialects and regional languages, because an additional language opens up a number of new possibilities to convey a message to other people (especially if they have a different mother tongue such as High German as a Limburgish or Low Saxon dialect can be used just across the border to communicate with the local population). For the time being, dialects will not be extinct in the Netherlands, but how far the current (cultural) revival of dialects actually goes and how that influences the preservation or expansion of dialect use, I do not know. I still use dialect (en) as a kind of second native language, but it does not necessarily have to persist in the present form.
I think so.It is like with dying plant and animal species, old interiors, buildings, objects: it is a cultural estate that never returns once it has disappeared. And there’s been a lot more way than about it. Dialects are always older than the standardized language of speech, which is known as early as ABN. So if you want to know where our language comes from, you will find living sources there. Finally, dialect speakers often possess knowledge of forgotten habits, beliefs and folk tales. They have not all been mapped out for a long time and therefore we must cherish them.
Just enumerate the pros and cons for saving.
Pro: Cultural diversity.
Contra: General intelligibility.
In my opinion, the function of language is communication.Dialectic prevents communication. In my opinion, dialects are thus de facto counterproductive. From me they can safely disappear.
I actually disagree in the first instance with the statement “dialects die out in the Netherlands”.
In my opinion, the dialects are still existing and they are not “threatened with extinction” either.
However, it is true that one tries to articulate more ABN when it is required, for example during a job interview or presentation in another part of the country.
In the south of the country (southeast Brabant in my case) there is nothing to see that you are trying to talk to ABN in everyday life, and in my personal case I notice that I now have a stronger accent/dialect when speaking than when I was younger.
I get the question, and in the end there will probably be a more streamlined and collective dialect over many hundreds of years, but for now I think it is ahead of the facts.
* Edit: If dialects are really threatened with extinction, I wouldn’t necessarily mourn.I am happy with the way I talk and in the way that my message fits appropriately with the recipient. I will never (incomprehensible) talk flat against someone from another region out of respect for that person, just like that I expect the same from those.
It would be a shame if dialects would disappear completely, just as it would be unfortunate if art or music were to disappear from life.
You don’t need to be able to survive, but it does give some color.
A language is constantly evolving.The Dutch of today is completely different from Dutch from 500 years ago.
Because we live much more mobile than the previous generations, it is the lodging that local dialects make place for regional dialects.Each dialect is influenced by the circumstances of the time in which they are spoken. You had to know how many words are used in our Dutch, which are connected with Spanish and the Eighty Years ‘ War. Now the English words are taken over and within so many generations people will not even experience it as such.
But it is good to keep the way we speak for posterity.A bit like history has been preserved for us and our offspring. To understand the present, you need to know the history.
And never say that one should “hear” to speak or write.Always say that one hears “today so” to speak or to write. “Tomorrow” will be different. Just be sure.
Dialects are languages, languages are culture.Without culture everything is unit sausage.
I think all dialects must be preserved.
I’m 100% Italian, and I understand my dialect, but I can’t speak it fluently.I speak Dutch much better than my own dialect (and I do not speak Dutch fluently, as you can probably see).
In Italy, dialects are often seen as a kind of “ugly language”, something that only people who do not have a great culture speak.And I thought so too. My parents can speak their dialect (they come from two different regions, so they speak two different dialects), but they have almost never spoken dialect around me, and when I was a child, they absolutely did not want me to have dialect speech. They said it was important that I could learn perfect Italian, and dialect did not help.
Indeed, as I have already said, I can speak better Dutch than Neapolitan (my dialect), although I can understand it well.
And then, when I moved to the Netherlands, I understood that our dialect is important. Why?Because I noticed that when I heard someone in Italian talking, I felt a little at home, but when I heard someone in the Neapolitan talk, I felt like at home.
I missed my dialect because it represents my culture, my people, my old life, and my roots.
Now that I’ve moved back to Italy, I don’t feel this feeling as strong as it used to be.But, in any case, I have understood that dialects are really important.
Of course, I still think that everyone should be able to speak the official language of their country in order to be able to have sufficient training.
It would be such a sin if dialects died.They represent much more than just a language.
And for the people who say that the most important thing is to preserve Dutch, rest assured.Dutch will not be dying if you continue to speak your dialect. Dutch is spoken much more than dialect.
The only risk is that people cannot learn to speak Dutch perfectly if they usually speak in their dialect (which is also a sin), but to preserve dialects is not a danger to standard Dutch.
No, why.Language is a living phenomenon. It evolves. When dialects become rudimentary, it is so.
“From old people and the things that pass by”