Language death and salvation

  • 2003-07-24
Some language specialists estimate that only 600 of the approximately 6,000 languages currently spoken are safe from the threat of extinction. They predict that by the end of the 21st century the world will be dominated by a small number of major languages. In an interview with Radio Free Europe/Radio Libery, David Crystal, one of the world's foremost authorities on language and author of "The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language," addresses the question of what measures need to be taken to prevent the disappearance of endangered and minority languages.Why does it matter whether small languag...
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