Endangered languages, endangered thought

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Tue Mar 3 20:32:59 UTC 2009

 Forwarded From: Edling at lists.sis.utsa.edu

The UNESCO Courier

Endangered languages, endangered thought

Some 200 languages have become extinct in the last three generations,
according to the new "UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in
Danger". When languages die out, not only words disappear, but ways of
seeing and describing reality; we lose valuable knowledge and worlds
of thought.



 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com


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