The Symbolic Space of Language – The Case of Oroqen Language

In today’s globalised world, more and more minority languages are in decline and more and more cultures are disappearing, but there are many experts, scholars and social institutions who recognise this phenomenon and have carried out many language preservation measures, and as an interior space designer I hope to use my expertise to explore the role of space design in language preservation.

In my opinion, one of the ways of survival for the continuity and development of a language is the recognition and confidence in the mother tongue. Therefore, when a new generation of the nation’s youth and children builds up an interest in learning their own language and their own culture can help the nation to establish a linguistic and cultural circle more quickly. The significance of space design for language preservation is that it can be effective in engaging people in language learning and can expand the range of learning for those who experience it, with all those who come to the space being able to learn in a variety of ways. In addition, spatial design can better integrate the characteristics of the ethnic culture, placing the language in the context of its birthplace and helping language learners to better understand the language and culture.

For the Oroqen language, which has no written language As the number of people who know the language decreases, language retention becomes increasingly difficult. Language is an important carrier of culture and language can directly reflect the culture of a people. Symbolic language not only preserves language and culture, but also allows for better dissemination of language. The role of spatial symbolic design in language preservation is to provide a new way of thinking about memory for the learning of unwritten languages by allowing people to learn about the culture and origin of the Oroqen language through the three-dimensional approach of space in the process of experience.