Institut für Kulturanalyse
Language diversity is one of the most challenging diversities in our society. We all know why, for example, biodiversity is positive and should be preserved. The question „why should we preserve language diversity“ is far more arduous. This elusiveness of the social goals and purposes of language diversity is, in fact, the biggest issue in current minority language policies in Slovenia and in Europe.
In a world were language technology is going to support multilingual communication, the value of language knowledge must be investigated in deep and fully discussed. If we do not need to know a (foreign) language to communicate with a group of speakers, why should we invest energies, money and time in learning it?
In this context, language diversity as a key motivating factor in language education is gaining importance and should be seriously taken into account.
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Luca Melchior (luca [dot] melchior [at] aau [dot] at)