The extinction of the world's languages
Nettle, Daniel; Romaine, Suzanne
Year Published: 2000
Pages: 256pp ISBN: 9780195136241
Library of Congress Number: P40.5.L33N48 2000 Dewey: 417/.7 21
"Approximately half of all known languages have disappeared in the last five hundred years and, according to some, 90% of all languages are in danger of becoming extinct during the next century. The authors show that this loss of linguistic diversity is just as threatening as the loss of global biodiverstity. Indeed, the loss of both linguistic and biological diversity is part of a much larger and more serious problem -- the near-total collapse of our worldwide ecosystem. The book describes the background of this situation, how the current catastrophe occurred, and what can be done about it."