This was written and posted here in 2016:
Are Sauk, Latin, Myskoke, Chickasaw languages asleep or is there something more going on? It’s easy to say they’re dead or on the point of extinction (in five years 70 of the remaining 139 Native American languages will disappear). But are they really going to be dead? Will they just be asleep? What’s really going on with these languages?
In my view, Jacob (Sauk), John and Robert (Latin), Kate (Myskoge), Cherokee (Wade) and Josh Hinson (Chickasaw) may intuitively want to do more than just “wake up” or “revitalize” their languages. Maybe they want to hear them again, loudly and everywhere amidst the laughter and tears of life – fully alive again. But why would they want to do that?