Is there any value in preserving minority languages in the world?

YES: Preserving minority languages confers high value to society in many ways, making the move a highly pragmatic and pressing one.

  1. Minority languages contribute to multicultural diversity, making their preservation integral to countries which strive to develop an inclusive society.

  2. The art forms and culture expressed through minority languages may be unique, making their preservation a moral imperative for the global community which values heritage and continuity with the past.

  3. Minority languages in one country may be more widely used in other countries, making their preservation economically viable.

  4. Some minority languages may be marketed or harnessed as an economic resource in some sectors, making their preservation useful to overall economic development in a country.

  5. The philosophies and worldviews of some minority languages may provide unique insights to our major societal challenges, and their preservation guides humanity more effectively in addressing these challenges.

NO: Preserving minority languages either confers limited value or even disruptions to society, making the move a less pragmatic and pressing one. 

  1. The preservation of minority languages may prove to be divisive rather than useful for some societies striving to develop a common national identity.

  2. Minority languages may lack economic viability in some societies, and members from such minority communities may be justified in neglecting their preservation in favor of focusing on other economically viable languages. 

  3. Some minority languages may already have been diminished to a critical point beyond recovery, making their preservation less essential or feasible to members of their own community who prefer to stay with rather than challenge the cultural status quo.