Have Apple add Icelandic to iOS!

Have Apple add Icelandic to iOS!

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William Baker started this petition to Apple

Icelandic is a language that has changed very little over the past 1,000 years. Speakers of Icelandic have kept aspects of their language alive that would be seen as archaic in other closely related languages, and they haven't borrowed many words from other languages.

They are keeping history alive, not only for themselves, but for any people that speaks a tongue with a common ancestor—including us English speakers. Language gives people a sense of identity, and is vital to their culture.

But Icelanders are facing a problem: In this ever more technological world, young people are not learning their mother tongue. The world around them operates in English, not Icelandic. No Mac Books, no iPhones—no apple product has "Icelandic" as a language option. Here's what one article said about it:

“It’s called ‘digital minoritisation’,” said Eiríkur Rögnvaldsson, a professor of Icelandic language and linguistics at the University of Iceland. “When a majority language in the real world becomes a minority language in the digital world.”

Secondary school teachers already report 15-year-olds holding whole playground conversations in English, and much younger children tell language specialists they “know what the word is” for something they are being shown on the flashcard, but not in Icelandic.

Because young Icelanders in particular now spend such a large part of their lives in an almost entirely English digital world, said Eiríkur, they are no longer getting the input they need to build a strong base in the grammar and vocabulary of their native tongue. “We may actually be seeing a generation growing up without a proper mother tongue,” he said.

–The Guardian

So in order to get Icelandic on Apple devices to help preserve the Icelandic language, culture, and identity, we need YOUR help—sign this petition.

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