Mark Abley – The Future of Language in a Globalized World

Cultural Studies, 2005
Presented By: Mark Abley

Mark Abley tells the ideacity audience stories from his many exchanges with keepers of threatened languages. Sharing stories allows us to communicate, he says, as opposed to the dry “computation” that is fact-telling. Language survives through storytelling and continues to evolve as new stories are lived. Stories transport meaning, Mark argues. They encourage us to connect with and understand the experience of our fellow earth-dwellers. But what happens when two stories are incompatible? This we have yet to learn.