Thanks for your reply, both to my and to Mark's messages. There is however
one thing I might disagree with you.
You compared the rural community of Seeltersk speakers with the Hopi people
and pointed out that "Wat de boer niet kent, dat (vr)eet hij niet" (this
proverb is also known in Dutch). Of course they are generally conservative;
indeed, the conservative nature of the Saterfrisians might have saved the
language from extinction for centuries!
But you might forget that the world is changing, and that even rural areas,
at least in Western Europe, become completely emancipated: a farmer is no
longer someone whose world ends with the borders of his farmyard. At least
some of them must be willing to join the project (elder people get
increasingly connected to the internet ;-)), and quite all of them are
nowadays aware of the unique status of their language and the necessity to
preserve it and to promote it outside their own community.
Moreover, there are nowadays many youngsters who know the language. Not from
their parents, who mostly raised them in Low Saxon with only very few
exceptions, but at school (in the 90s schools started projects to learn
their pupils Seelters), or from (one of) their grandparents, and they use it
as a second language, maybe sometimes even as a first language (cf. similar
movemens on the Isle of Man, or in French Flanders). These people can very
well be persuated to join the project.
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