Revitalized Languages


The Hebrew language revitalization was a process that took place in Europe and Palestine during the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. The language changed from the sacred language of Judaism to a spoken and written language used daily in Israel. This process began by the Jews arriving in Palestine and starting to use the Hebrew language as the lingua franca. This is how it started becoming revitalized. As time passed, the language became more and more common and soon enough it was no longer disappearing or considered an extinct language and is now one of the official spoken languages of Israel.

Irish Gaelic

The Irish Gaelic language is the 2nd oldest language in Europe. It was becoming extinct though, because more people have stopped using it and have joined the English language. Japanese businesses started noticing this and they appreciated the wealth of culture and knowledge that this old language held, so they decided to help save it. The Japanese started to spread the language around the world by undertaking the study of the language. They started to spread it into different technology and onto the internet so that people would want to use it more because it would be useful. The language then started spreading into the schools of Ireland at a great rate and young students started learning the language. The Irish Gaelic language is now experiencing a strong revitalization because the younger generation is learning it and will use it in the future. The language is considered not a part of the extinct languages anymore because of this.

Some other languages that have been revitalized:

Many other languages are in the process of being revived.

Why do we care about the revival of these languages?

Some people care about saving these unique languages, some people do not. People wonder how the revival of the language will be paid for and if they have a choice to help or not. These languages are dying every week and some people do not care and only care about their one language, which is usually English. This is an opinionated controversy, so you have your own decision on what you want. You may want to help these old unique languages survive because you may think they will help in the future somehow. Or you may not care if these languages continue dying and you may want English to keep spreading and soon be the universal language. Historians care about the survival of some languages because they could help us in the future and the speakers of the language would not have to worry about thier unique language that they grew up with, disappearing.

BY: Delia Huerta and Kim