Language Death: UNESCO 2009 Atlas Changes

You might remember when I posted a fabulous link to a UNESCO endangered languages interactive atlas (also available in print!). Well, TED posted an update about changes to this atlas in 2009, regarding changes to the atlas at this time that I did not know had occurred. As of the 2009 update, UNESCO changed the categorization of 200 languages to extinct.These include Manx, native to the Isle of Man, Aasax from Tanzania, and Ubykh from Turkey, to name just a few. This was in 2009! How many more languages are we going to lose to the prevalence of English?

Read the TED blog post here.


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