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Languages In Danger home interactive map book of knowledge teaching materials what can you do about EN | PL | DE | HU | NL Featured Language Tahuatan Tahuatan is classified as a dialect of the Marquesan language. It is spoken by around 2,100 people - mainly fishermen... more Find the language on the interactive map What's it all about? Do you have any idea how many languages exist in the world? You probably know that there are about 200 independent states. The number of natural languages however is… almost 7000! Sadly, a year from now the number of languages across the globe will diminish by 100-150, as we lose 2-3 natural languages each week. More than half of the languages spoken today are endangered languages. This website invites you to a journey in the world of languages, providing not only information about languages, but also ideas what you can do to explore, document and preserve the linguistic diversity of our globe. It may be the beginning of a life-long adventure, and you may become a hero: with your help languages may stay alive! QUIZ Tonal languages (where different tones distinguish words, for example Chinese) are not found among the native languages of... Africa America Australia check out Australia is the only continent where tonal languages have not been found. The use of tones is widespread in Asia and in Africa, but also found in the Americas (especially Central America) and in Europe (for example, in Norwegian, Lithuanian, or Croatian). See a map of the distribution of tonal languages in the world and read about it at: (The World Atlas of Language Structures Online). Read more about tones in sound systems in Chapter 4 of the Book of Knowledge. next exercise Soqotri is spoken on an island that belongs to… Italy Yemen Indonesia check out Soqotri is spoken on the island Socotra and two smaller islands of the Socotra Archipelago that belongs to the Republic of Yemen The island is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Soqotri belongs to the group of Modern South Arabic languages – this name is misleading because these languages are quite different from Arabic. On the islands Soqotri has over 50,000 speakers, it is spoken by the greatest part of the inhabitants. Nevertheless its position today is vulnerable. Read more on the language and factors that endanger it in two articles by Mira Baz, available at: next exercise Tifinagh is... a dialect a language a writing system check out Tifinagh is an alphabet used by Tuareg and some other Berber people in the Sahara. It has an old history, going back to the third century B.C., and a modern form that was added to the UNICODE standard in 2005 and is available as a Microsoft font. There are many sources about Tifinagh on the Internet – explore! next exercise How many languages are spoken in Bolivia? 23 37 45 check out Ethnologue (web edition) writes: “Republic of Bolivia, República de Bolivia. 9,182,000. National or official languages: Spanish, North Bolivian Quechua, South Bolivian Quechua, Central Aymara. Literacy rate: 63%–81%. Immigrant languages: American Sign Language, Corsican (60,000), Standard German (160,000), Wichí Lhamtés Vejoz. Information mainly from SIL 1956–2003. Blind population: 1,070. Deaf population: 46,800. Deaf institutions: 9 or more. The number of individual languages listed for Bolivia is 45. Of those, 37 are living languages 1 is a second language without mother-tongue speakers, and 7 have no known speakers.” (Ethnologue, consulted 15/09/2012). The site lists the 45 languages with short information. Learn a bit about two of these languages, Chipaya and Yurakare, with our exercises on the Map. next exercise According to the constitution of 2011, the two official languages of Morocco are... Arabic and French Arabic and English Arabic and Amazighe (Berber) check out Morocco is the first state where a Berber language has received official status. Berber languages are spoken all over North Africa. They are very similar to each other and it is difficult to distinguish dialects and individual languages. The Berber language spoken in Morocco is called Amazight and has about 3 Million speakers. In recent years it has been introduced into schools, and teaching materials and children's books are developed. The Royal Institute of Amazight Culture has a nice homepage for teachers and children (look at the French version at you may understand it even without knowing French). French, the former colonial language, still plays an important role in Morocco but has no official status. next exercise A language is bound to die if... it is not used in schools it is not spoken by children it does not have a writing system check out The use of a language in writing and in education may strengthen the position of a language and delay language death, but many languages of the world have existed for centuries without writing and schools. On the other hand, when a language is not passed on to the next generation, it's death is almost inevitable – one may count the time when the last speaker will die. Read more about factors of language endangerment in the Book of Knowledge. next exercise Cornish is spoken fluently by... 200 people 350 people 1, 000 people check out 350 people – three hundred of them in Cornwall and fifty of them in the London area. More information can be found on the BBC Voices website: You can learn more about languages which have been revived in chapter 9 of the Book of Knowledge. next exercise How many Quechua dialects are there? 9 15 20 check out There are nine Quechua dialects, spoken across Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. See here for a map of their distribution: next exercise Which country is known as Shqip?ri in its official language? Georgia Armenia Albania check out Albania. In standard (or Tosk) Albanian, the country is known as Shqip?ri/Shqip?ria; in Gheg Albanian (spoken mainly in Kosovo) it is known as Shqipnia. The country is officially known as the Republic of Albania (Republika e Shqip?ris?). next exercise The colour ‘grue’ refers to: Dark gray Blue-green Light green check out Many languages do not have separate terms for blue and green, instead using a cover term for both. In Thai, ????? (khiaw) means green except when referring to the sky or the sea, when it means blue. Chinese has a word 青 (qīng) that can refer to both green and blue, and sometimes black. The Korean word ??? (pureuda) can mean either green or blue. In Japanese, the word for blue (青 ao) is often used for colours that English speakers would refer to as green, such as the colour of a traffic signal meaning "go". Read more on colour terms and find references in Chapter 2 of the Book of Knowledge. next exercise Where will you find these place names: 1. Llan... Similar Website

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