Cultural and scientific benefits are cited in the push to preserve tongues now vanishing around the world.
From Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Every two weeks or so, the last elderly man or woman with full command of a particular language dies. At that rate, as many as 2,500 native tongues will disappear forever by 2100.
David W. Lightfoot is helping to spearhead a government initiative to preserve some of these dying languages, believing each is a window into the human mind that can benefit the world at large…read the rest of the article here.