Natalie Schilling: So there used to be hundreds of languages in what’s now the United States for example. And uh, most of those were eradicated or all but eradicated and linguists do work with smaller languages or with languages that are otherwise in danger of going into extinction. And uh, as I said, at least to get a record of them if they are to disappear and sometimes the work to build a teaching materials to help generate interest among kids and learning the language. If your kids don’t speak your language, your language is going to go away. So that’s crucial. Um, so yeah, that’s right. So there are 6,000 ish languages right now, but it’s predicted that by the end of the 21st century, there will be a note probably no more than 3000. So that’s a lot of language loss going on every day in the world.
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