Report Shows Rise in World's Endangered Languages

The latest atlas of the world's languages paints a dire picture of linguistic diversity.

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  • 6,000: Approximate number of total world languages
  • 2,500: Approximate number of endangered languages
  • 199: Number of languages with fewer than 10 speakers
  • 178: Number of languages with between 10 and 50 speakers
  • Over 200: Languages that have become extinct over the last 3 generations
  • 26: Number of endangered languages in metropolitan France

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Sources: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization