What are the rare languages in the world searches? Language is known to be the preservative of culture. Without language, there is no other way of communicating, interacting or in other words existing. Interestingly we talk most about those languages which are spoken frequently in the world. For instance, we all know that Chinese or Mandarin is the largest spoken language in the world. English, Spanish, Arabic and Hindi are also the languages that don’t need any introduction. Even some of the local languages have reached such wide acceptance that we all have acquired their terms without even fully realising their meanings. Languages such as Punjabi have become a symbol of the culture it represents.
However, ironically, we seldom talk about languages that are just standing on the edge of extinction. One little push and they will all die. This happened because the idea of a global village called for a more globally accepted language or languages. And when that wasn’t enough, Translation services saved the day. Though obviously, that doesn’t change the fact that there are almost 7100 living languages in the world. And these stats are still not one hundred percent correct as many people living in far off mountains in Tibet or in the Amazon are unreachable. Thus, their languages are not known yet.
The bigger question here is that how some of the languages become so rare that they ultimately reach extinction. To understand this phenomenon, one fact must be kept in mind. The rarest language speakers are Tribes. In most of the tribal areas, the populations grew up speaking one language alone, the one that they spoke when they were little children. They never felt the need to learn another language and so they kept on speaking their own language. But with the passage of time, they begin to understand the importance of communicating and they realized that it wasn’t possible without learning the local languages that were far more comprehensive for the natives.
Considering the situation, the current figures of the Atlas of world languages of UNESCO suggests 64 languages that are the rarest and endangered to the point where they have only one or two speakers. Apart from these 64 languages there are several others which were once spoken by a very large population but are now limited to countable people.
A language that belonged to Nigeria. There are total 4 Nejerp speakers in the region. Nejerp language is linked to Benue-Congo languages. Since it has only 4 alive speakers, it is amongst the rarest languages and subsequently endangered to be extinct soon. Nejerp is now only used to keep the conversation secret.
Paakantyi is an Australian Aboriginal language. This rare language is now only spoken in areas near the Darling River. According to Anthropologists, there are around 2 to 22 speakers in the region that still converse in Paakantyi. Seeing this trend, linguists are convinced that if the language wasn’t going to be reintroduced, it will soon be extinct. For this purpose, some of the schools have started introducing Paakantyi to the young students.
Liki is a language spoken in the Papua Region of Indonesia. According to the statistics, there are only 5 to 11 individuals who are still able to communicate in Liki. Liki is presumed to be a once very common language, however, considering the number of people who still speak Liki, it is most certainly on the verge of extinction.
Kawishana or Kaixana is a language spoken in areas surrounding the Japura River in Brazil. The language originally had a lot of speakers but with time, the numbers dropped down to 200.
Sarcee or Sarsi is a language associated with the Navajo language, spoken in Southern areas of the United States. The Canadian Branch of the Tsuu T’ina Tribe also used to speak in Sarcee.
But like all other aspects of their culture, Sarcee also spread across through oral transmission, no written documents or records were ever established or discovered. There are only 50 individuals said to be Sarcee speakers and thus it is also very likely to face extinction.
Apart from these languages, there are certain others that are also approaching extinction very quickly. Languages like Dumi, Chamicuro Chemehuevi, Tanema and Pawnee were once largely spoken but are almost unrecognisable in today’s world. The most important factor behind their certain extinction is that their speakers didn’t or couldn’t find a way to preserve them.
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