Lingua franca

the world has thousands of languages
maybe as many as 10,000
some are spoken by hundreds of millions
some by less than a dozen
about 100 have died in our times
a few hundred more are nearly extinct
90% are endangered species

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One thought on “Lingua franca

  1. …just the fact that the “lingua franca” (the practice for hundreds of years that French was the language of diplomacy) is now actually English says a lot re: linguistic change.

    I do think languages are an oral expression of culture, and to hear of the loss of so many languages does speak to the loss of so many unique expressions of a peoples’ history and culture. Sad stats.

    Cheers,
    Sheila

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