The sound of vanishing languages


  Alarming Statistics

* More than 50% of the world’s languages are spoken by fewer than 10,000 speakers.

* More than 25% of the world’s languages are spoken by less than 1,000 speakers.

* There are 357 languages with under 50 speakers.

* More than 48% of the world’s population are first language speakers of one of the world’s 10 most spoken languages, known as the “mega languages”: Standard Chinese, English, Spanish, Bengali, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, Japanese, and German.

*  Every fourteen days a language becomes extinct.

* Languages are becoming extinct at twice the rate of endangered mammals and four times the rate of endangered birds.

* Only 10% of the world’s languages are present on the Internet.

* 84% of the spoken languages of the world are endemic (only found in one place)

* The nations with the largest number of endangered languages are India, United States, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico.

* Endangered languages can be found in all regions of the world and in almost every nation.