Small languages under pressure from large economies

Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate publishes a new research result proving that strong economies are a powerful driver behind the extinction of minority languages.

Out of the world’s 6000 thousand languages 25 percent are threatened by extinction. This requires immediate attention especially in in the tropics, the Himalayas and northwestern North America.

”When languages become extinct we lose a great cultural heritage. This is a serious situation which has the attention of UNESCO and WWF among others. With these research results it will be easier to make a targeted effort in areas where languages face serious risk of extinction” says Bo Dalsgaard from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate.

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