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In the book “The World until Yesterday”, Jared Diamond presents his anthropological research on the lifestyle of traditional tribes in New Guinea and shows how the everyday practices of these small-scale societies can shed light on the history of the western world. In this post, we discuss some of the author’s reflections on multilingualism and its role in the past of modern state societies.
Language is everywhere. We are surrounded by it, use it to express ourselves, to think, to learn, to act, to communicate. Language is therefore one of our highest goods. This good is not just one language but a multitude of different languages, dialects, accents, varieties and registers.