Endangered languages around the world

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Frank Auteri  Identity Verified
United States
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Endangered Languages, An Interesting Lead by, or rather Back to UNESCO Feb 28, 2016

Thank you for flagging this post Paula. It brought back memories of traveling through many of the back-woods areas of Italy where many people still speak the local dialects which are very distinct from what is considered the grammatically correct Italian taught in public schools since the 1930's. In addition to the lack of script for many languages, the question of validating dialectical languages is further obscured and complicated by the introduction of colloquialisms, colorful analogies, similes, and maxims that exist throughout the world. NPR ran a story of a group trying to record a number of dialects before they completely vanished. Of course this has also been done in the Americas where a very large number of American Indian tribal languages have vanished over the recent decades. Thanks for flagging this article.

 

Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
India
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I would add English to the list Feb 29, 2016

The folksy English that was once the mother tongue of many people in Britain is seriously under threat of extinction, as the language crosses new linguistic boundaries by the day as it internationalizes itslef. What most people understand as English today would hardly be recognized as such by the real natives of this language residing in remote, civilization-untouched (read internet-unpolluted) areas of Britain, the homeland of English. So this unlikely candidate should receive special attention from UNESCO to preserve it from extinction and being swamped out of existence by Indian, Chinese, Pakistani, Australian, American and Bangladeshi speakers, among others, of this language.

 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:52
Hebrew to English
Tell me more.... Feb 29, 2016

Balasubramaniam L. wrote:
remote, civilization-untouched (read internet-unpolluted) areas of Britain, the homeland of English


...about these "remote, civilization-untouched (read internet-unpolluted) areas of Britain" ???


 

Balasubramaniam L.  Identity Verified
India
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Oh, they no longer exist, do they? Feb 29, 2016

Ty Kendall wrote:

Balasubramaniam L. wrote:
remote, civilization-untouched (read internet-unpolluted) areas of Britain, the homeland of English


...about these "remote, civilization-untouched (read internet-unpolluted) areas of Britain" ???


In that case, mother-tongue English definitely needs to be put at the top of the list of languages going extint, provided it has not already gone dead, and cannot be revived!


 

Ty Kendall  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:52
Hebrew to English
Well I'm asking you... Feb 29, 2016

...you seem to know so much about these places, I was hoping you could at least name them.

 

Frank Auteri  Identity Verified
United States
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Worth noting that Latin was not listed at all? Mar 3, 2016

Anyone remember how over the last century we were all told that English was the fastest growing language in the world by number of speakers,
number of words being added to the dictionary daily. Remember all those vocabulary building tests in grade school and high school? How often has anyone used the word "loquacious" in every day speech since then? Colloquial? How 'bout in everyday writing?

Anyone? Anyone? Ferris?


 

INSTRKTIV
Germany
Local time: 03:52
Frisian Mar 4, 2016

Googling a bit I see that my language, Dutch, is considered in many lists as a weird language. In the Netherlands, there is also a co-official language in the province of Friesland, called 'Fries' or 'Frisian' in English. Frisian is spoken by 453,000 speakers wikipedia says. Would you say that is an endangered number?

 


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