California Linguistic Notes Volume XXXIII, No. 1 Winter, 2008
3various causes of this crisis, each of them stemming from a unique aspect of the lives of thespeakers of the language, aggregating to create a cause for worry for the foresighted linguist withthe interest of the language at heart.The overall aim of the paper is to show how all the roots of the crisis culminate in themembers’ loss of creativity, since they do not (or, indeed
) give the world somethingoriginal using their own language. In effect, this means that the members have reached their development plateau.2.0
Is the Yorùbá language really endangered?
According to a UNESCO (2005) overview of the subject, language endangerment is anextremely serious problem with great scientific and humanistic consequences. Furthermore, thereview reveals that language loss always involves pressure which can be cultural, economic,military, political, social, or any combination of these. This view of endangerment is directly amirror of Tuhus-Dubrow’s (2002) two-fold submission: first, that even the unlikely field of botany feels the threat of language endangerment what with scientists’ primary reliance on, for instance, the vocabulary of Aboriginal Australian languages to research the area’s ancient plantlife; second, that, being the linguistic branch of the American empire, English has run rampantacross the globe, in perhaps the most insidious form of linguistic imperialism: seduction. For Tuhus-Dubrow, people want to speak English because it is the language of advertising, movies,music, and a vital tool for success.When Yorùbá is seen in the light of these observations, anyone very familiar with thelanguage would readily conclude that there are a host of factors contending with its growth,especially in the present century. These factors are what Himmelmann (2005) describes as an
. For Yorùbá, therefore, the endangerment scenario is composed of theunpopularity of the language among members even for ordinary conversations; the ‘superiority’