I’m pretty sure you have heard the term applied to New York City before, a melting pot, a beautiful blend of culture, people, and language. New York City is known for its diversification, its ability to create a setting where people, culture, and language can evolve and thrive. However, New York City can also be a place where culture, people, and language, as discussed in the blog by Mark Turin, The World’s Most Linguistically Diverse Location? New York City, can die and stop existing altogether.
In his article Mark Turin discusses how New York City, the city once thought to be home to hundreds of languages, has turned into a sort of waste land for languages. In his blog Turin stated, “But as I have discovered, New York is not just a city where many languages live, it is also a place where languages go to die, the final destination for the last speakers of some of the planet’s most critically endangered speech forms.” I agree with this statement because I can make a personal connection to his argument. I grew up in Spanish Harlem a place where most of the neighborhood consisted of people who emigrated from several Spanish speaking countries.
Living in this neighborhood allowed me to witness first, and second generations grow up and because of this I was able to notice that while the people from the first generation kept and practiced their native language, the second generation did not and would refuse at time to even practice their native language claiming that there was no need considering the fact that they were in America and in America people speak English. In conclusion, I agree with Mark Turin because I have bear witness to this.