February 20th 2009, 09:47 PM #1
2,500 languages threatened with extinction: UNESCO2,500 languages threatened with extinction: UNESCO
by Amer Ouali
Thu Feb 19, 12:17 pm ET
PARIS (AFP) – The world has lost Manx in the Isle of Man, Ubykh in Turkey and last year Alaska's last native speaker of Eyak, Marie Smith Jones, died, taking the aboriginal language with her.
Of the 6,900 languages spoken in the world, some 2,500 are endangered, the UN's cultural agency UNESCO said Thursday as it released its latest atlas of world languages.
That represents a multi-fold increase from the last atlas compiled in 2001 which listed 900 languages threatened with extinction.
Source and more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090219...esunesco/print“History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.”
“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”
"Sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness."
February 20th 2009, 11:05 PM #2
Re: 2,500 languages threatened with extinction: UNESCO"Even religion, though it goes beyond logic, cannot go against it; if it did, it would literally be unbelievable."
- Peter Kreeft, Socratic Logic (3rd ed.)
Gott, der barmherzige Vater, hat durch den Tod und die Auferstehung seines Sohnes die Welt mit sich versöhnt und den Heiligen Geist gesandt zur Vergebung der Sünden. Durch den Dienst der Kirche schenke er dir Verzeihung und Frieden. So spreche ich dich los von deinen Sünden im Namen des Vaters und des Sohnes und des Heiligen Geistes. Amen.
February 21st 2009, 03:25 AM #3
Re: 2,500 languages threatened with extinction: UNESCO
I fail to see why this is "sad". I mean, it makes sense to try and document languages before they die out, but there's no real reason to attempt to artificially keep a language which has lost its usefulness around as a live, spoken language.
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