Daniel Halliday
Jun 11 · Last update 16 days ago.

What can be done to save the Jeju language?

Jeju is a Koreanic language from the island of Jeju, it is very different dialect from the standard Korean of the mainland and is only used by older generations of the Jeju Province, leaving it at risk of extinction. The language is considered as critically endangered as it is only spoke by up to 10,000 people, most of which are over the age of 70. What can be done to protect endangered languages like the Jeju language?
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Too difficult, salvage vocabulary and protect the dialect

Hebrew is often used as a successful language revival story, however the transition of Hebrew as a liturgical language to a national language in Israel had very particular circumstances, where a diverse set of multi-lingual people needed a common language for daily communication during formation of the new state. This shows language preservation can happen even with relatively unused languages, but it needs a tremendous effort and the right circumstances to be used in day-to-day life in order to succeed, but these conditions arguable do not exist on Jeju. Jeju relies heavily on tourism and uses a relatively unintelligible language to the mainland, having additional influences from Japanese, Mongolian, Manchu and Chinese and continuing to use old words that are no longer used on the mainland. Efforts should therefore be made to integrate the vocabulary that can be salvaged into the local dialect that is closer to Korean, but restoring the status of an out of use island language in rapid decline is very difficult.

thegreatcoursesdaily.com/why-languages-die-and-how-to-save-them omniglot.com/writing/jeju.htm

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The Framework for the preservation of the Jeju language

The Province of Jeju has taken numerous measures in order to safeguard this endangered language, forming part of the ‘Framework for the Preservation of the Jeju Language’. Part of this framework included the establishment of the Research Centre for Jeju Studies, the Jeju Development Institute and the Committee for the Protection of Jeju Language, groups that are tasked with research, education and encouraging renewed use of the language. Various initiatives have been put into place also; including classes and teacher training, radio broadcasting, a language festival, language competitions, language apps, a language database and even a Jeju language brochure for visitors to the island.

unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/endangered-languages/news/dynamic-content-single-view-news/news/concerted_efforts_for_the_revitalization_of_jeju_language

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