Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jun 2012 11:17 UTC
Google While I sometimes see Dutch as an endangered language, reality is that with nearly 30 million speakers worldwide, we're actually doing pretty well. Sadly, this can't be said for the 3000 truly endangered languages of the world - nearly half of the world's total number of languages is on the verge of extinction, and with it, large amounts of human culture are in danger of disappearing forever. In collaboration with several universities and language institutions, Google has launched the Endangered Languages Project to document these languages - textually, visually, and auditorially.
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RE[2]: Sounds Good
by Pro-Competition on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 16:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Sounds Good"
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... But, the benefit of everyone speaking a common language is tremendous.

I agree with this. (Although whether English is a good choice is another question.)

We shouldn't keep people speaking different languages just so those languages don't die.

I disagree with this. There are hundreds or thousands of years of history embodied in the language, idioms, stories, etc., which are lost if the language goes out of usage.

There are many groups of people in the world that are bilingual (a "native" language and a national/international one), and this seems to work very well. I think this is a model that should be encouraged.

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