Thursday, 17 February 2011

A language dies every two weeks

A language dies every two weeks

Swiss Newspaper 20 Minuten reports on language loss, ahead of the upcoming "International Mother Language Day".

The article tells that the 2010 update to UNESCO's Atlas of endangered languages mentions 230 languages that have disappeared since 1950, and 572 "Acutely threatened" languages in the Americas, Southeast Asia, Oceania and Africa.

On a local level, the article highlights the 8 languages of Switzerland that are in the UNESCO Atlas: Franc-Comtois (which ethnologue refers to as a dialect of French), Romansh, Francoproven├žal, Lombard, and Bavarian, as well as Yiddish and Romani.

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