Disappearing Languages



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Disappearing Languages:

Enduring Voices – Documenting the Planet’s Endangered Languages


Using the Website: http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/enduring-voices/


  • Losing our World’s Languages

    • How often does a language go extinct? _________________________________

  • Why is it important?_______________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

    • What relationship do indigenous languages have the environment? ___________ __________________________________________________________________

  • Why do languages die out? _________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

    • What effect do empires have on languages? ______________________________ __________________________________________________________________

  • Choose 1 “Language Hotspots” from 4 different continents to explore and answer the questions

    • Choice 1 Location_________________ Threat Level _____________________

      • What happened to cause the language to be threatened? ______________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

      • Click on “More About this Hotspot”

      • What is the “number of languages” spoken in the area? ______________

      • If possible, list 2 “endangered languages”

        • Endangered language with the fewest number of speakers ______________________, # of speakers __________________

        • Endangered language with the most number of speakers ______________________, # of speakers __________________

    • Choice 2 Location_________________ Threat Level _____________________

      • What happened to cause the language to be threatened? ______________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Click on “More About this Hotspot”

      • What is the “number of languages” spoken in the area? ______________

      • If possible, list 2 “endangered languages”

        • Endangered language with the fewest number of speakers ______________________, # of speakers __________________

        • Endangered language with the most number of speakers ______________________, # of speakers __________________

    • Choice 3 Location_________________ Threat Level _____________________

      • What happened to cause the language to be threatened? ______________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________ Click on “More About this Hotspot”

      • What is the “number of languages” spoken in the area? ______________

      • If possible, list 2 “endangered languages”

        • Endangered language with the fewest number of speakers ______________________, # of speakers __________________

        • Endangered language with the most number of speakers ______________________, # of speakers __________________

    • Choice 4 Location_________________ Threat Level _____________________

      • What happened to cause the language to be threatened? ______________ ____________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________

      • Click on “More About this Hotspot”

      • What is the “number of languages” spoken in the area? ______________

      • If possible, list 2 “endangered languages”

        • Endangered language with the fewest number of speakers ______________________, # of speakers __________________

        • Endangered language with the most number of speakers ______________________, # of speakers __________________


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