28.02.2012

Half of all languages threatened with extinction

Importance of mother language: a cultural asset


Did you know that a language dies out every two weeks? Of the 6,000 languages ​​spoken today in the world, around 2500 are threatened according to UNESCO. Since 1950, this was already the case with approximately 230 languages. In the UNESCO atlas of endangered languages endangered languages are listed ​​by name, level of threat and the region. Even in Germany there are endangered languages: for example Frisian, Sorbian and Yiddish are at a heavy risk. In addition, there are a number of other languages ​​in Germany that are considered threatened in the medium term, such as The Bavarian and Franconian different dialects.

There are many reasons why a language disappears. War, displacement and migration play a role, but also pushed aside by globalization and new media like the Internet, which benefits the "big" languages, like English.

There is even the Society for Endangered Languages, which however does not save languages, but least documents the endangered languages , which may be very useful for future revival of the language. Particularly suitable for the documentation of languages ​​are also videos. Because videos show not only the pronunciation, but also to communicate the important features associated with facial expressions and gestures as well as other cultural properties. Figuratively speaking, it is possible with video, "to look at the mouth of" the native speaker. This is one of several reasons why LinguaTV relies on videos as an central part of its language courses, showing how native speakers speak their language and apply it in practical situations.

Try it yourself with a free demo lesson at www.linguatv.com. On the occasion of the "Mother Language Day" you´ll save EUR 10 with discount code "motherlanguage".

 

Source: German Commission for UNESCO e.V.
Image source: Gerd Altmann / pixelio.de

 
 
 
 
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