Almost Half Of All Languages Are Disappearing Worldwide

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 2:44pm
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There are thousands of languages around the world — more than 6,000, by one count.

But, nearly half of those are disappearing. And many of those are indigenous languages.

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Rosalyn LaPier studies traditional ecological knowledge at the University of Montana. She argues the loss of these languages means more than just losing the language itself — we lose something important about our understanding of the natural world.

The Show spoke with her more about it recently via Skype.

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