January 25, 2022

Reference: New Updates Available at the Interactive Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger


UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger intends to raise awareness about language endangerment as a global problem, and to help mobilize speakers and community members to develop grass-roots initiatives to revitalize their respective languages, through cultural, educational, media or other supports.

Thirty-seven languages were updated in the first months of 2015. Some language updates show a higher level of endangerment. It is the case of Vote, an Uralic language spoken in the Russian Federation. The number of speakers of Vote has decreased from of 20 to only 15 speakers.

Other languages show encouraging improvements. Recent information led to consider Sarcee and Yucatec as languages in process of revitalization. Sarcee is a language from the Eyak-Athabascan family, spoken in Alberta, Canada. It has only 150 speakers left, according to the 2006 Census. Yucatec, also known as Yucatan Maya, is a language spoken in the peninsular area of Belize. Currently, Yucatec is used in different revitalization initiatives: public broadcasting (radio and television), satellite television, and some teaching in schools.

Several other languages entries like Asturian-Leonese, Gascon, Cornish, Han (Canada), Jersey French or Pitjantjatjara were enriched with new  resources, bibliography and links.

Direct to UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.