Sunday, February 22, 2009

108 Australian indigenous languages in danger

According to UNESCO, 2500 of the world's 6700 languages are in danger:

A language is endangered when its speakers cease to use it, use it in fewer and fewer domains, use fewer of its registers and speaking styles, and/or stop passing it on to the next generation.
Safeguarding endangered languages
Thanks to Simon Maghakyan, an Armemian blogger at Global Voices for alerting us to this: Worldwide: 2,500 Languages Disappearing.

In Australia 108 indigenous languages are in danger. The UNESCO Google Map page can be activated by clicking below.

How many have you ever heard, Australia, Ten Canoes and Yolngu Boy included?

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