World’s Languages Are Becoming Extinct

“While estimates suggest that in the next 100 years perhaps five per cent of species will be wiped out, Mark Abley’s ‘Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages’ argues that it is languages that are really under threat. The consensus seems to be that on current trends, between 50 and 90 per cent of the world’s 6,000 or so languages will cease to exist over the next century. Should we care?”