Humanity’s loss

When humanity loses a language, we also lose the potential for greater diversity in art, music, literature, and oral traditions.
Between 1950 and 2010, 230 languages went extinct, according to the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger. Today, a third of the world’s languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers left. Every two weeks a language dies with its last speaker, 50 to 90 percent of them are predicted to disappear by the next century.


Andy Smithyman