When WordPress notified me that Mother Tongues had linked to one of my posts from a while ago in a piece about endangered languages, I checked out the whole thing, and thought it was great. So without getting too recursive (what I said about what they said about what I said) about it, I’m linking to the whole piece for you to enjoy.
They’re not cute and cuddly animals you can touch, but they’re still capable of living.
They’re the vanishing mind-music of people: critically endangered languages.
Ixcatec and Tharkarri are just two of the 2,465 languages included on UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger.
Enveloped in silence
Languages can die out – just like plant and animal species can become extinct.
On an archipelago off the western coast of Canada, just 20 speakers of the Haida language remain – a mere fragment of the estimated 15,000 speakers at the time of European contact.
In the Haida language, guusuwàa means “someone who likes to gossip or talk a lot.”
In a tiny town called Tabasco in central Mexico, the Ayapaneco language persists in the minds of two elderly men…
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