Minority language maintenance and revitalization is a sub-discipline of sociolinguistics that I mostly stay away from. My discomfort with most of the research in that area stems from the fact that its moral appeal clashes with my own personal language trajectory. On the one hand, the idea that minority languages should be maintained and, if they have disappeared or are in danger of doing so, should be revitalized, has obvious moral appeal: it feels like the right thing to support. On the other hand, I myself have largely abandoned the language I consider my mother tongue, Bavarian, first for Standard German and later for English.
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