The fight to save European dialects in Brazil

March 6, 2018 — Leave a comment

But museums and dictionaries are feeble defence against globalisation and urbanisation. The best way of keeping the dialects alive would be to use them as a medium of instruction in public schools. But the national government sets the curriculum, so that is unlikely to happen. Parents are a poor substitute for teachers. “The more you make kids speak a language the more they rebel,” says Mr Altenhofen. His 16-year-old daughter is learning Japanese. She wants to study Korean next.

https://www.economist.com/news/americas/21737551-challenges-urbanisation-globalisation-and-primacy-portuguese-fight-save?fsrc=scn/fb/te/bl/ed/thefighttosaveeuropeandialectsinbrazilgialdoalert

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