“How many languages can you speak?”
A question that you have probably been asked many times in the past. A lot of people tend to stumble when it comes to answering it, as there are languages that we can understand but not speak, or languages that we can speak but not write and vice versa. Ok.. so not all of us speak an ‘endangered’ language. But what of some of us that do?
There is a conference taking place in Wales this week where over a hundred academics are gathering to discuss the future of endangered languages. The conference organised by the Foundation for Endangered Languages seeks to discuss whether or not it is worth saving particular dialects that are only used by a handful of people around the world.
According to the foundation, there are about 6,000 languages that are spoken around the world, with an estimated figure between 500 and 1,000 of those languages only being spoken by a small amount of people globally.
What do you think? Are endangered languages worth saving?
(Here’s a link to the full story that caught our attention)