Languages Shouldn’t Die

I say this post on Marginal Revolution and this quote caught my eye:

“Simulations suggest the extinction of 40% of languages with < 35,000 speakers within 100 years.”

Which makes me wonder, why do languages have to die?

With today’s technology, it seems to me that a language should never die again. Would it be that difficult to record a dictionary, pronunciation rules, etc? I understand that the resources (say, money or interest) may not exist to take on such a project, but this certainly strikes me as something that is within the realm of possibility. You’d think there would be an app for this.

Most interesting, of course, is that there is a discussion of the Frisian language in the comments.

 

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