2,500 languages threatened with extinction: UNESCO
by Amer Ouali Amer Ouali
PARIS (AFP) – The world has lost Manx in the Isle of Man, Ubykh in Turkey and last year Alaska's last native speaker of Eyak, Marie Smith Jones, died, taking the aboriginal language with her.
Of the 6,900 languages spoken in the world, some 2,500 are endangered, the UN's cultural agency UNESCO said Thursday as it released its latest atlas of world languages
I am wholly in favor of protecting and valuing cultures, but if the purpose of language is effective communication with others, doesn't the natural death of unused languages occur logically and naturally?
Yes we want to protect our history, but is the death of a little-used language something to consider a serious problem?
(And I'm sure my uncle, who is a Linguistics Professor at UCSB, would be aghast at my question.)