For those of you who tuned into my earlier blog and podcast, here’s the second half of it with more discussions (only on Patreon). If you’re interested, here’s the link below!
Some languages die and others become widely used for a variety of reasons. Some are historical and relate to when a small number of nations and their languages spread to different parts of the world. Some languages faced discrimination and were even banned. Others were still used, but because powerful groups preferred a different language, they became less common. Once a language achieves a superior position in society, because it is either enforced through law, or has special status in education, it makes it hard for other languages to survive. However, historically, and even today, arguably the main reason for the death of a language is commerce.