There are close to 6,000 distinct languages spoken around the world today, and writer Mark Abley says most are doomed. NPR's Neal Conan leads a discussion that amounts to a travelogue about endangered languages, and looks at ways some may be saved.
Author of Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages (Houghton Mifflin, August 2003)
*Council chief of the Mohawk community of Kahnawake
*A Yiddish speaker and an advocate of Yiddish culture
*A Welsh speaker who grew up on the Island of Anglesey in North Wales and emigrated to Canada 30 years ago.