A Moken child eyes his lunch. The Mergui archipelago, where he lives, is rich in marine biodiversity. With 116 languages, Burma is also a language hotspot.

Of speech and species

Saving languages is good for the environment and for tackling poverty. Suzanne Romaine explains why.

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Up and down

Language survival is a rollercoaster ride. The fate of the world’s mother tongues is often dependent on a combination of factors, including grassroots activism, political will and simple chance.

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More than just words, ‘our language is linked to our land,’ say Kaurna Elders.

Marni naa pudni Kaurna yarta-ana (Welcome to Kaurna country)

Half of the 200 indigenous languages spoken in Australia before the British arrived have died and fewer than 20 are being taught to the next generation. But Katrina Power is one of those busy bucking the trend.

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NI 473 - The politics of language loss - June, 2014

Languages - THE FACTS

There are between 5,000 and 7,000 languages in use today, but every fortnight one of them goes extinct.

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NI 473 - The politics of language loss - June, 2014
Denied a voice: Kurds such as these women, who fled their village when it was attacked by the Turkish army, have long faced linguistic, as well as cultural, oppression.

'They nicknamed me Terrorist'

For decades Kurds in Turkey were banned from using their own language. Do recent government concessions reflect a genuine change of heart? Naila Bozo investigates.

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NI 473 - The politics of language loss - June, 2014
Family and kinship are an important part of Tlingit art and culture.

Voices under the ice

Nora Marks Dauenhauer was born in 1927 into the Tlingit aboriginal nation of Alaska. A poet, short-story writer and scholar, she has dedicated much of her life to preserving and promoting the Tlingit language.

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Talking about a revolution

Jo Lateu explains why the world's minority languages matter for all of us - and why we should be fighting for their survival.

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