Keep your own language in order not to lose yourself.
Learn another’s language in order to gain a new self.
Earlier this year (5th February, 2014), the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) released the results of the National Indigenous Languages Survey 2 (NILS 2) which was aimed at gathering information about a variety of issues pertaining to Australian languages. It focuses on their current health, the activities used to support Australian languages, the attitudes towards Australian languages,and the most effective language actions that can be taken to maintain language use.
The survey indicates that not only is language maintenance important to the retention of culture, but it is also closely linked to the view held by the majority of respondents that “connecting with and learning about language has a powerfully beneficial effect on people’s well-being” (AIATSIS, 2014). The report recommends that more research is necessary to explore a possible connection between language and identity/self-esteem.
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