30 September 2008

Dominance of One language in Archaeology: Say Aye or Niet?

Here is an interesting paper about the influence of world languages like English on Minoan archaeology.

Called Language Imperialism and Minoan Archaeology, this paper talks about the ways in which the English language, through its usage and value attached to its cultural dominance, can affect Minoan Archaeology.

Do read the full paper for insight into the matter. For now here is a brief summary of the whole paper:

a) Short mention of Western languages influencing disciplines through their respective language
b) Number of languages used in this particular field; Greek & English are significant 'players'
c) Most important point: Being a native English speaker in the field or publishing in English language provides more opportunities and coverage for the research but this can be at the expense of the research in question.