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Timely News Article

September 18, 2007

History of Patriotism Folks:

In a moment of sheer coincidence, I note the following article entitled “World Languages Dying Off Rapidly.”

Introductory paragraph:

“Of the estimated 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, linguists say, nearly half are in danger of extinction and are likely to disappear in this century. In fact, they are now falling out of use at a rate of about one every two weeks.”

Essentially, exactly what we talked about on Monday is happening; non-national languages are being displaced and driven into extinction by national languages. Those dominant languages are driving out everything else:

“Another measure of the threatened decline of many relatively obscure languages, Dr. Harrison said, is that speakers and writers of the 83 languages with “global” influence now account for 80 percent of the world population. Most of the thousands of other languages now face extinction at a rate, the researchers said, that exceeds that of birds, mammals, fish or plants.”

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