By the turn of the century, nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on earth will likely disappear, as communities abandon native tongues in favour of English, Spanish or Mandarin.
We wanted to celebrate these disappearing languages and the great work of natives & experts keeping their heritage alive.
Spoken in Sweden & formerly Norway.
10-20 native speakers left.
Native language of the Livonian people,
Last native speaker died 2013.
Native to the Marina Islands (Guam).
Listed as 'Critically Endangered' by Unesco due to little transmission to younger generations.
Old Prussian (Extinct)
Spoken across Prussia (modern day Germany).
Language classified 'Extinct' in the 1800's.
Spoken in Aleut Alaxsxa,
(the origin of the state name Alaska).
Estimated there are fewer than 100 speakers left.