Why Do Small Languages Matter?

All the people on earth speak about 7,000 languages. UNESCO lists about 2,500 of those languages as endangered and 230 as having gone extinct in the last 60 years. What do we lose when a language disappears? And what are ways to preserve and/or revitalize a language?

Speakers from around the globe involved in preserving small and endangered languages are coming together at the Endangered Language Fair on Saturday, September 29, to raise awareness about minority languages and discuss why they matter and what methods are being used to preserve them.

The event is hosted by the New York Public Library in collaboration with the New York Library Association Ethnic Services Round Table and the Endangered Language Alliance. On the agenda will be discussed the language of Ojibwe, as well other minority languages in the U.S. and from around the world.

You can check out its impressive list of speakers and the day’s agenda on the New York Public Library website at http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2012/09/29/small-and-endangered-language-fair.

And the event is free to attend!

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