Language in danger
On the few 6.000 Language S of the world , a great number is disappearing and this phenomenon accelerates year by year. Some figures:
50% of the languages is in danger of disappearance;
- a language disappears on average every two weeks;
- if nothing is done, 90% of the languages probably will disappear during this century.
The languages represent part of the Patrimoine of humanity and it is thus part of the world cultural heritage which disappears little by little. The linguists also are very worried by this phenomenon, because the languages which disappear are often languages which contain rare linguistic phenomena, even single, and if they were not indexed, recorded, studied, they are lost forever.
UNESCO launched an action in favor of the safeguard of the languages in danger.
All these regional languages, although recognized by the institutions (French-speaking), are in danger. It is about:
- Of Brussels
- Gaumais (local alternative of the Lorraine )
- Luxembourg (as a language practiced in Belgium)
None of these languages obtained statute, nor is not recognized by the law or the French Constitution. Defense associations of these languages thus intend to carry felt sorry for nonassistance to languages and cultures in danger.
This Swiss official language still slightly spoken in the canton about the Grisons is more used only by 0.7% of the local population. The new generations do not learn any more this language at the school.
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