What are the main drivers and repercussions behind the extinction of the worlds minority languages?
It’s estimated that by the year 2100, over half of the Planet Earth’s 7000 languages – many of them not yet even recorded – may disappear. With a different tongue dying approximately every 2 weeks, it would appear that languages are becoming extinct even faster than animal species are!
A language is considered to be endangered when parents are no longer teaching it to their children, and it is no longer being actively used in everyday life. A language is considered to be nearly extinct when it is spoken by only a few elderly native speakers.
“Many endangered languages have rich oral cultures with stories, songs, and histories passed on to younger generations, but no written forms. With the extinction of a language, an entire culture is lost.”