UN says four in every ten indigenous languages may die
- Four in every ten indigenous languages across the world may disappear or die, said UN Human Rights.
- As many as 230 languages disappeared between 1950 and 2010.
- In 2016, 40% of the 6700 languages on the verge of dying.
The situation was more or less similar in 2016 when the UN's Permanent Forum estimated 40% of the 6,700 languages are on the verge of dying. Some of the dialects barely had one speaker left.
People around the world use and speak 7,111 languages, according to a directory Ethnologue. However, 40% of the world's population speak only five languages mainly Chinese, Spanish, English,
As many as 230 languages disappeared between 1950 and 2010, reported according to the UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger. There are only 1,000 speakers for about a quarter of the total languages used across the world.
A language goes extinct every two weeks with the death of its last speaker, reported BBC.
In India alone, 42 languages are critically endangered, with the extinction of 5 languages since 1950, reported
It is possible to bring back a language in daily use again with political efforts and preservation of written records. One such language that went extinct, and is back in use is Hebrew. The native language of
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