They’re not cute and cuddly animals you can touch, but they’re still capable of living.
They’re the vanishing mind-music of people: critically endangered languages.
Ixcatec and Tharkarri are just two of the 2,465 languages included on UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger.
Enveloped in silence
Languages can die out – just like plant and animal species can become extinct.
On an archipelago off the western coast of Canada, just 20 speakers of the Haida language remain – a mere fragment of the estimated 15,000 speakers at the time of European contact.
In the Haida language, guusuwàa means “someone who likes to gossip or talk a lot.”
In a tiny town called Tabasco in central Mexico, the Ayapaneco language persists in the minds of two elderly men…
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