Losing LanguagesListen to this program with RealAudio in 14.4, 28.8 , or G2 SureStream.
Produced by Dean Olsher and Art Silverman
More than half of the world's languages are spoken by fewer than
ten-thousand people. That means as many as 90 to 95 percent of the
languages could be headed toward extinction in the next century.
The Tower of Babel
Pieter Bruegel (about 1525-69)
Courtesy Nicolas Pioch at the WebMuseum. metalab.unc.edu/wm/
The languages which dominate are used in the media, and to make money.
People often choose to let go of their language in favor of assimilation.
NPR's Dean Olsher finds experts who are split on the issue: some want
language to find their own course, others want to prop up our modern-day
Hi-Rise of Babel.
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