There is a chance that as many as 50 percent of the world’s languages will disappear by the end of this century. The data is imperfect but by some estimates, we lose a language about every four months. The internet and globalization are part of the reason that languages are dying out. At times political activism and legislation have helped to rescue a language on the brink. New Yorker staff writer Judith Thurman examines efforts to save dying languages in her piece A Loss for Words, which appears in this week’s edition of the New Yorker. She joins us to talk about some of the efforts.
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