We often hear people classify languages as ‘useful’ or ‘useless’ depending on how many people currently use them. However, is the value of a language determined solely by the political or economic power associated with it? Research on bilingualism over the lifespan shows that knowing more than one language – ANY language – can benefit the mind. From this point of view, Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh) reckons that all languages are worth learning, and minority languages, such as Gaelic and Sardinian, are a particularly precious resource.
Antonella Sorace, Professor of Developmental Linguistics, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, the University of Edinburgh.