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Bilingualism Quote of the Week: Language Loss and Suppression

Shackle a people, strip them bare, cover their mouths:

they are still free.

Deprive them of work, their passports, food and sleep:

they are still rich.

A people are poor and enslaved when they are robbed of the language inherited from their parents:

it is lost forever.

Source:

Ignazio Buttitta (1972), as cited in Baker, Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism (2006)

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