Re: Japanese "good", consonant clusters etc.
|From:||Doug Dee <amateurlinguist@...>|
|Date:||Sunday, January 4, 2004, 3:40|
In a message dated 1/3/2004 1:36:46 PM Eastern Standard Time,
>3. How many langs are endangered?
>4. How many langs are expected to die in the next century?
In _Language Death_, David Crystal notes that estimates of the % of the
world's languages that will die in the next 100 years vary from 25% (which could
happen through the death of all languages currently having < 1,000 speakers) to
80% (which could happen through the death of all languages currently having <
100,000 speakers). He favors 50% as a best estimate.
And he says there are 5,000 - 7,000 languages alive now. So that's about
3,000 extinctions in the next century, using his estimate.
Other sources will give different estimates.