Tuesday, November 10, 2015

81-Year-Old Wrote Dictionary To Save Her Tribe’s Dying Language

Even though it seems like the English language has pretty much given up on life, it’s more alive than ever as we add more and more words like “selfie” and “YOLO” to our vocabularies. But do you know that we are losing about one language spoken around the world to oblivion every two weeks? According to the United Nations, there are almost 7,000 spoken languages in the world and, by the year 2100, we will have said goodbye to more than half of them. Here in America, the New York Times reports that more than 130 Native American languages are currently at risk and 74 of those languages are “critically endangered.”

More:  http://www.ryot.org/native-america-wukchumni-dictionary-language-extinction/855101

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