The Indo-European language, Icelandic, belongs to an island called Iceland. This volcanic island's language belongs to the sub-group of North Germanic languages. This ancient language is being threatened by the up and coming technology. They need UNESCO's help with funding to keep their ancient language safe from extinction.
Along with countless other dialects and languages, Icelandic is one of the many unavailable options to choose from when changing the language from English on your iphone. It is estimated that at least 2,000 of the world's 6,000 languages are doomed to extinction in the worlds coming decades. Due to the secludedness of the island, their language has been preserved fairly well from the 9th century when it was brought over. Even their GPS' brutally stumbles over the Icelandic road names, streets, and highways. If we could just help with the funding and give them the little push that they need, we could be helping to preserve a time old language!
The Icelandic tongue, which is seen by numerous as a source of identity and pride, is being undermined by the international use of English in the twoway of voice-controlled electronics and the industry of tourism. Language experts are wondering if this may be the beginning of the end for the Icelandic language. "Iceland's Ministry of Education estimates that about $8.8 million is needed for seed funding for an open-access database to help tech developers adapt Icelandic as a language option." Why, after all their hard work of preserving this old, ancient language, should they have to give it up now just because they can't change the language on their smartphones and such to English.
Icelandic is the closest living language to Old Norse, a language brought by Norse settlers in the 9th century. Since English is so common on the web, Icelandic people have more motivation to utilize it than ever before. But then with the rise of this technology, comes the price of historic languages, because you can't switch your iphone to Icelandic. Nor can you use it to talk to Siri or Alexa in Icelandic as well. Do we really want to let history like that just go down the drain?
Linguistic specialists have cautioned that the Icelandic dialect is in danger of ceasing to exist in the present-day society. The boundless use of English in the nation, both for tourism and for voice-controlled electronic gadgets, has gradually diminished the quantities of individuals speaking Icelandic to under 400, 000. The issue is numerous computer devices are intended to perceive English and more popular languages, yet not Icelandic. In today's modern era of cellular phones, computers, and every other i-product on the market, the language is in danger of dying out. Since the Icelandic people's long history and identity are tied to their dialect, if that is allowed to happen, then the people of Iceland not only lose a language, but they lose a part of themselves.
The Icelandic language is likely to disappear in our age of ever growing computer and internet use. This is because Icelandic grammar is too complicated for computers. The language is being threatened by the international use of English, for tourism and voice-controlled artificial intelligence devices, which are increasing in popularity. The Icelandic language itself is a very ancient language and a big part of Icelandic people's culture. It is rich in history as well as complexity. If the Icelandic people lose their language, they are practically losing a part of themselves. Since their language is part of their identity and who they are, this essentially means they will lose part of themselves. A huge part of their culture will be just gone. Then what will it really mean to be Icelandic? The language must be preserved.