Why some languages disappear?
However, arguments can also be made which support the receding number of mother tongues: the losses display our move forwards. It is not a direct representation of shedding our very identity but a recognition of said identity while working towards an optimum and most logical pathway such as schools offering stronger global languages like Spanish and German. Languages such as Gaelic and Welsh identify far more in a historic rural landscape as opposed to the larger range of global languages due to the increasing diversity of the UK. Kenan Malik, the writer, and broadcaster, presented his views on preservation attempts for world languages when he said, “In one sense you could call it a cultural loss. But that makes no sense because cultural forms are lost all the time. To say every cultural form should exist forever is ridiculous.” So should Gaelic be left to remain as part of history, just like many other world languages?
Statistics released by the Scottish Government have argued otherwise, displaying that children educated through Gaelic Medium were achieving superior results as opposed to those educated in English in areas such as reading, writing, listening and talking through the primary phase. Released figures displayed Gaelic-educated pupils achieved average percentages of 79%, 76% and 87% in these areas while comparator English-educated received lesser figures of 75%, 69%, and 81%. This is due to studies provided by the Highland Council that have shown that children who are educated to become bilingual result in them developing significantly improved cognitive skills, a greater understanding of their culture and are more likely to be able to learn another language through their abilities.