Tongues That Go out of Style

Linguists at the University Of Manchester in Britain last week called attention to the world's endangered languages, some of which have as few as three speakers. Here is a stat that will leave you speechless: experts say 50% of the world's 6,000 languages may be extinct by 2050. These tongues include Tofa, spoken by some 200 in Siberia, and Votic, used by 30 people on the Russian coast of the Gulf of Finland. Other examples: --By Harriet Barovick

--NORTH AMERICA With roughly 85,000 speakers left, Pennsylvania German, featured in the hit 1985 film Witness, is on the wane, as are most...

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