Should Dying Languages be Saved?

Of the 6,000 languages spoken worldwide, the Foundation for Endangered Languages estimates that between 500 and 1,000 are spoken by only a handful of people, and every year the world loses around 25 languages.  This is known as language death.

Earlier this year, the Bo tribe became extinct and the Bo language died out when its last speaker, an 85-year-old who had survived the December 2004 tsunami, died in the Indian Andaman islands.

Language experts gathered at a UK university to discuss what to do about dying languages, and focused on indigenous languages in Ireland, Australia, Spain and China.

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