If you are one of those people who find language interesting, you have probably read the headlines about disappearing languages with some concern over the last few decades. The modern world seems to be sweeping away many of the more unusual languages from the human past. The following list includes languages that are near extinction and those that are still surviving. All of them are unusual in one way or another, and well worth keeping alive, or at least on record.
On the Canady Islands, terrain often made it difficult for people to communicate intelligibly over long distances. The inhabitants of one island, La Gomera, still use their ancestral whistling language to talk across the ravines and narrow valleys that characterize this island. SilboGomero is basically a whistled version of an ancient Spanish dialect, adapted for usage on the mountaintops and ridges of La Gomera.
The official language of the northwestern region of France known as Brittany is officially French. However, the original inhabitants of the land were not French but rather a people known as Bretons. They spoke a Celtic language related to Gaelic. Some inhabitants of this region still speak the language.
Russia was once home to a wide variety of languages and cultures. Over time, the Russian language began to crowd out these other languages as colonists and conquerors expanded outward from the ancestral center of this people. In the Kingisepp district of Russia today, there are still some 20 speakers of a language known as Votic. It appears related to Estonian but it will not last much longer since there are not any young speakers of the language remaining.
People often think of the modern European countries as homogenous but they are each composed of many distinct regions and cultures. The northern coast of Spain is home to the Basque culture. Linguistic researchers have been unable to determine the descent of this language. It may be a remnant of a language spoken by the earliest Europeans thousand s of years ago, before the arrival of Indo-European from the East. However it too is dying out because the young people are no longer speaking it.
The speakers of this language, mostly Bushmen in southern Africa, use clicking noises as consonants. They are impossible to reproduce in text form. Like many other such languages, it is disappearing due to a dwindling number of speakers. This one will be particularly difficult to keep record of because of the impossibility of translating it to written text.
Hopefully, technology can help preserve these languages. Even if they die out, most of their rules and vocabulary can be saved. Through the use of the internet, the languages that still exist today have a better chance of staying alive and intelligible than the languages of the past did. That is one good thing about the progression of technology. More and more of our cultural history can be saved for future generations.
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