National Geographic – Disappearing Languages

July 20, 2009 at 1:00 am 2 comments

This is an interactive map of spots around the world where endangered languages are found, including locations in the Americas.

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National Geographic – Disappearing Languages


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  • 1. Brian Barker  |  July 27, 2009 at 9:28 am

    I believe in the need to protect endangered languages.

    However, although there are at least 7,000 languages throughout the World, an increasing number are endangered through the linguistic imperialism of both Mandarin Chinese and English.

    Your readers may be interested in the following declaration was made in favour of Esperanto, by UNESCO at its Paris HQ in December 2008.

    The commitment to the campaign to save endangered languages was made, by the World Esperanto Association at the United Nations’ Geneva HQ in September. or

    • 2. Brian C  |  July 30, 2009 at 5:19 pm

      Personally, I wouldn’t have a problem if the whole world decided to make Esperanto the international language. But how would replacing Mandarin and English with Esperanto necessarily effect endangered languages? Whether it’s to one language or another, language shift is language shift, wouldn’t you say?


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