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 Monday, October 01, 2007

A report released by the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages in Oregon talks about the alarming rate of extinction of the world's languages. "While half of all languages have gone extinct in the last 500 years, the half-life is dropping: half of the 7,000 languages spoken today won't exist by the year 2100," according to Slashdot. The NY Times, on its article Languages Die, but Not Their Last Words, adds that "83 languages with 'global' influence are spoken and written by 80 percent of the world population. Most of the others face extinction at a rate, the researchers said, that exceeds that of birds, mammals, fish and plants."

Read Languages Racing to Extinction in 5 Global "Hotspots" further here.
Continue reading the NY Times article on language extinction here.