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The Capital Of Dying Languages, Masahiro Ogamino Mr. Dec 2018

The Capital Of Dying Languages, Masahiro Ogamino Mr.

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The Capital of Dying Languages

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Masa Oga

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While there is no precise count, some experts believe New York is home to as many as 800 languages. New York City is definitely the capital of language density in the world, says Daniel Kaufman, an adjunct professor of linguistics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. However, he predicts that half of those 800 languages will be extinct in the near future. “We’re sitting in an endangerment hot spot where we are surrounded by languages that are not going to be around even in ...