Language News: The 10 Most Endangered Languages In The World

Here’s a list of endangered languages from  It’s not clear who their linguistic consultants were for this essay, but it’s nice to see such mainstream coverage.  The list: Apiaka, Bikya, Taje, Dampelas, Diahoi, Kaixana, Laua, Yamana, Kulon-Pazeh, and Pemono.

The 10 Most Endangered Languages In The World.

Note: If you’re interested in other resources on this topic, there is an earlier post on this topic that features the documentary The Linguists by David Harrison and Gregory Anderson.  There are also links to organizations that are trying to preserve these dying languages on the LingEducator | Linguistic Gratuity page.


About LingEducator

Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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