I’d just seen a local Cree performer Tweet that she wanted help marking the correct accents for a thank-you message in Mohawk (Iroquois) and thought, how many following that thread might glimpse something quite extraordinary as a result. Where else would her fans see this language written by its speakers, I wondered? Did the kids get that she didn’t mean a talking hair cut? They would *now*.
“Small languages are using social media, YouTube, text messaging and various technologies to expand their voice and expand their presence,” said K David Harrison, an associate professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College and a National Geographic Fellow.
“It’s what I like to call the flipside of globalisation. We hear a lot about how globalisation exerts negative pressures on small cultures to assimilate. But a positive effect of globalisation is that you can have a language that is spoken by only five or 50 people in one remote location, and now through digital technology that language can achieve a global voice and a global audience.”
» via BBC