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.