Of the estimated 7,000 languages spoken around the world, more than half are on the verge of extinction. In some cases, there is only one person left that speaks a language. When the last speaker dies, the language dies and takes centuries of knowledge with it.
- One language dies about every two weeks.
- Around half of the languages currently spoken have never been written down.
- Around 80% of the world's population speak 83 languages.
- 3,500 smallest languages account for just 0.2 percent of the world's people.
- Oklahoma has one of the highest densities of native languages in the United States.
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