What language are you?

Just saw a news on the list of “endangered languages” published by UNESCO, and thought of checking how many in Nepal are on the list. I’m not into language research or anything, but as somebody who’s always interested in learning new languages, I find it sad that many of the world’s minority languages are in decline, and threatened with extinction. UNESCO website has a nice interface with Google Maps giving the general area where the languages on the list are spoken, and in Nepal, of the 71 languages on the endangered list THREE-FOURTH are classed as endangered or extinct – that’s 53 out of 71 languages! The remaining 18 are on the “unsafe” category. The list reads like this.

  • Unsafe – 18
  • Definitely endangered – 33
  • Severely endangered – 13
  • Critically endangered – 6
  • Extinct – 1 (Dura)

You can view the details on the UNESCO website here.


4 thoughts on “What language are you?

  1. could be a good news for Dura too – may be there are some ppl in Nepal who speak Dura!?! btw, do you speak Cornish? 😛

  2. gwraf byan, yeth dha yw Kernewek (yes a little, Cornish is a great language) 🙂

    there was only one speaker of dura alive last time i heard.

    jai Kernow! 😛

  3. Although International Mother Language Day is now over, you may be interested in the contribution, made by the World Esperanto Association, to UNESCO’s campaign for the protection of endangered languages.

    The following declaration was made in favour of Esperanto, by UNESCO at its Paris HQ in December 2008. http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=38420&URL_DO=DO_PRINTPAGE&URL_SECTION=201.html

    The commitment to the campaign to save endangered languages was made, by the World Esperanto Association at the United Nations’ Geneva HQ in September.
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=eR7vD9kChBA&feature=related or http://www.lernu.net

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