Every 2 Weeks A Language Disappears

According to Ethnologue, there are 6,912 languages in the world.  Lots of these are at risk of being lost.  It is estimated that one “disappears” every two weeks as the last person who can speak the language dies.

The Living Tongue Institute for Endangered Languages is rapidly trying to capture and document them before they disappear.

2 Responses to “Every 2 Weeks A Language Disappears”

  1. George Van Antwerp Reply March 20, 2009 at 7:46 am

    As people in remote geographies die off and the next generation speaks a new language (to talk with others), the old languages die.

  2. volinscaia mariana Reply March 19, 2009 at 6:36 am

    I don’t understand why language disappear because people don’t speak or what?

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