Internet helping Dying Languages

Internet helping Dying Languages

Endangered languages like Welsh, Navajo and Breton have regained speakers and popularity in their communities and are now even “cool” for kids – thanks to the Internet.Welsh language expert David Crystal said the Internet could forestall the dismal fate of about half of the world’s 6,500 languages, which are doomed to extinction by the end of the 21st century at a rate of about two language deaths a month.

“The Internet offers endangered languages a chance to have a public voice in a way that would not have been possible before,” said Crystal, who has written over 50 books on language including The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language.

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Katia Reed

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