Languages Are Going Extinct Even Faster Than Species Are

Screen Shot 2014-09-12 at 10.32.24 PMEyak elder Marie Smith-Jones was honored at the Chickaloon powwow in 2001, Chickaloon, Alaska. (Photo by Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News/MCT via Getty Images).

“The world’s roughly 7000 known languages are disappearing faster than species, with a different tongue dying approximately every 2 weeks. Now, by borrowing methods used in ecology to track endangered species, researchers have identified the primary threat to linguistic diversity: economic development. Though such growth has been shown to wipe out language in the past on a case-by-case basis, this is the first study to demonstrate that it is a global phenomenon, researchers say.” Read more on the Huffington Post.

Original article by Emily Underwood.

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