MEP François Alfonsi, is set to present a report before the European Parliament’s Culture Committee on April 23 to help protect the 120 dying languages within the European Community. Being the only Corsican speaker in the European Parliament, he has taken it on himself to promote linguistic diversity, which he considers the European Union’s backbone. The report will be voted on in June.
The report will highlight the best practices to help preserve endangered languages, together with examples from countries which have applied certain plans successfully. Alfonsi will try to get the support of the European Union as a whole, without which the languages’ survival is nearly impossible. Alfonsi considers that the loss of linguistic diversity has been ignored by the European Union to a great extent, which can bring severe cultural, social and economic consequences.
According to Christopher Moseley, a member of UNESCO, expert on languages and author of Encyclopedia of the World’s Endangered Languages, a language becomes endangered when the younger generations are not being taught the language and when the older ones stop using it and replace it with another language. When he spoke in front of the EP’s culture committee, he tried to raise awareness by stating that, nowadays, one language dies every few weeks.