Silent Tongues

More than 95 percent of all the world’s living – and dying – languages are spoken by just 5 percent of the world’s population. UNESCO estimates that roughly half of the world’s 6,500 extant languages are doomed to disappear by the end of the present century.

The Independent’s Paul Bignelli explores The Beckoning Silence: Why Half the World’s Languages are in Serious Danger of Dying Out, and the efforts being made to preserve them.

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Published in: on December 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

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