How many languages have already disappeared?
Posted by abdul at October 1st, 2015
It is impossible to estimate the total number of languages that have disappeared over human history. Linguists have calculated the numbers of extinct languages for certain regions, such as, for instance, Europe and Asia Minor (75 languages) or the United States (115 languages lost in the last five centuries, of some 280 spoken at the time of Columbus). Some examples of recently extinct languages are:
- Akkala Saami (Russian Federation) – the last speaker died in 2003
- Aasax (Tanzania) – 1976
- Ubyh (Turkey) – 1992, with the death of Tefvic Esenc
- Eyak (United States, Alaska) – 2008, with the death of Marie Smith Jones
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