Are dying languages worth saving?
Language experts are gathering in Carmarthen, Wales to discuss saving the world's endangered languages. Do languages need to be preserved?
The Foundation for Endangered Languages estimates that between 500 and 1,000 of languages are spoken by only a handful of people and every year the world loses around 25 mother tongues.
Nicholas Ostler, the foundation's chairman says that languages are important because people care about identity. And when languages die, so too does the knowledge associated with them.
But others argue that trying to save languages is a waste of resources and a misunderstanding of how language works. Writer and broadcaster Kenan Malik says it is "irrational" to try to preserve all the world's languages.
What does the loss of languages mean for the world? Is it worth trying to preserve them? Or is this irrational?
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