Languages and cultures have always come into being and disappeared, but today's situation is without parallel: a massive silencing of linguistic diversity on every continent, related to the ongoing "sixth extinction" of biological species.
Why Linguistic Diversity
The world's linguistic diversity is declining dramatically, but communities are fighting back.
The ability of communities to develop their own cultures, traditions, and languages free from coercion and outside pressures is now widely understood as a critical human right.
When a language disappears, we lose a valuable window into our own biological endowment — language.
While culture and identity can survive even after a language has become dormant, historically distinct communities lose their most identifying features when they lose their language.