By Dr Anvita Abbi
The author is Professor, Centre for Linguistics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Linguistic and biological diversity are inseparable and the strongest ecosystems are those which are most diverse as diversity contains the potential for adaptation. Uniformity can endanger a species since it is always accompanied by inflexibility and non adaptability.
Biocultural Diversity Scientists maintain that there is an inextricable relationship between biological, cultural and linguistic diversities. It draws from anthropological, ethnobiological, and linguistic insights concerning the relationships of human language, knowledge, culture and practices with environment and nature. It has been proved through the work of Luisa Maffi, titled ‘On Biocultural Diversity: Linking Language, Knowledge and the Environment’ published in 2001 by the The Smithsonian Institute Press, that linguistic and biological diversity are inseparable and the strongest ecosystems are those...