Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Jeju Dialect is Endangered

The Jeju dialect of Korean has been named as a critically endangered language by UNESCO, and in need of protection.  According to UNESCO, there are about 6,700 languages in the world, and roughly 2,500 of these are thought to disappear in the near future.  In danger of immediate extinction is the Jeju Korean dialect and the Koro language of India.

Next month, blueprints will be drawn up by a 15 member committee aimed at preserving this language.  Possible plans for the committee include Jeju speech contests, as well as creating a linguistic research center in cooperation with present academic institutions.

The full article can be found here.

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