MIT Indigenous Language Initiative: Language Loss

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I have so much that I need to catch up on so I’ll start with this interesting tidbit of our world from the eyes of a linguist:

Language loss (from: MIT Indigenous Language Initiative)

“The world’s languages are dying out

In this country, 165 Native American languages are still spoken.

74 almost extinct (handful of elderly speakers) (45%)
58 with fewer than 1,000 speakers (35%)
25 with 1,000-10,000 speakers (15%)
8 with 10,000+ speakers (5%)

Largest Native American language is:

Navajo 148,530 speakers

(just for comparison:)
Danish 194,000 speakers in this country
Tagalog 377,000 speakers in this country
Hungarian 447,497 speakers in this country
In the world, approximately 6,000 languages are spoken…

… of which only about 600 are confidently expected to survive this century.”


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