Saturday, May 30, 2015

Vanishing Languages: one language dies every 14 days

There are almost 7000 languages in the world, but every two weeks one goes silent. People who speak the world’s dominant languages—English, Spanish, Chinese—believe that a common language binds us and makes us one unified people. But such unification is also a loss of culture.

A language that is embedded into song, behavior and belief keeps a community intact. Language is an intimate moral compass, a belonging.

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