When you speak Somali I feel close to you: Ecolinguism and community division

Ecolinguism brings communities closer
Ecolinguism brings communities closer

“When you speak Somali to me, I feel close to you.” I heard this last week in Minnesota, not from a friend, but a complete stranger—a taxi driver named Mohammed. Upon seeing him, I immediately spoke only in Somali. “I pick up a lot of people,” Mohammed continued, “but when you speak Somali, you are like my brother—wherever you are from.”

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