Yes, quite. Those who ascribe to the basic tenets of the Linguistic Relativity hypothesis (whether they know the term or not) fear that there will be traditional concepts and ideas that will be lost (if they are not lost already) as the older generation, whose upbringing was not "global", die off, and the younger generations are unable to understand the world as their elders did.simonm wrote:...The homogenization of language/dialects and the elimination of smaller languages is one of the sad effects of mass education and the consumerization of entertainment.
Mind you, this is probably not new, because even long before globalization (going back forever, perhaps?), there were isolated cultures and communities that went extinct for whatever reason, and with them, certain concepts and ideas may well have been lost. Maybe that is just the natural evolution of humanity: some things are gained, some things are lost. The unknown is whether or not what has been lost will ever again be found, or if anyone could ever truly know, because if someone stumbles upon a "new" concept, who is to know if it was a concept that was held and understood by a past civilization?