What future for the world’s rarest languages?

Changes in global dominance often leads to changes in the use of languages. For example, Russian and Mandarin are now commonly taught in UK schools, whilst German has suffered a decline in popularity.

In some cases, languages can die out alotogether.

The last speaker of Bo died in 2010: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/8500108.stm 

In early 2008, a native Alaskan language died with its last speaker and more languages are set to disappear:


Beyond sentimental feeling, it is hard to know just what the impact of losing languages will be. The UN is very concerned about the effect on culture and has created a register of languages at risk:


The Living Tongues Institute aims to help preserve endangered languages: http://www.livingtongues.org/ and the National Geographic has also documented languages at risk: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/mission/enduringvoices/


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