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The lesser spotted language | ITWeb


Daniel Prado, executive secretary of the Maaya World Network for Linguistic Diversity , notes that while the Internet has become a tool of daily life for urban populations in industrialised countries, it remains internationally inaccessible to five out of seven individuals. He points out that more than five billion people lacked Internet access at the end of 2010 and that distribution itself is uneven – at most, 10% of Africans are connected, compared to 25% of Asians, 80% of North Americans and 65% of Europeans.

According to Unesco, nearly half of the world’s 6 000 languages could disappear by the end of the century. The crux of language disappearance lies in a decrease in speaker numbers – 50% of the world’s languages are spoken by fewer than 10 000 individuals.


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