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1,500 languages could die out by 2100, according to a new study. The research by Australian National University (ANU) found that of the world's 7,000 recognised languages, around half are currently endangered - with 1,500 particularly at risk.
"We found that without immediate intervention, language loss could triple in the next 40 years. And by the end of this century, 1,500 languages could cease to be spoken," says co-author Professor Lindell Bromham.
So what’s putting these mother tongues under pressure? The study identified as many as 51 new stressors on endangered languages.
One surprising finding was that more years of schooling increased the level of language endangerment in some countries. The researchers say it shows we need to build curriculums that support bilingual education, fostering both Indigenous language proficiency as well as the use of regionally-dominant languages.
"Across the 51 factors or predictors we investigated, we also found some really unexpected pressure points. This included road density," Professor Bromham says.
"We found that the more roads there are, connecting country to city, and villages to towns, the higher the risk of languages being endangered. It's as if roads are helping dominant languages 'steam roll' over other smaller languages."
Students are enrolled in a 45-hour course taken across 10 weeks, comprising 30 lessons of 90 minutes each. The centre, an affiliate of the Arabic Language Academy, has enabled more than 100 non-Arabic speakers to learn the language so far.
The seasoned diplomat greeted the people of the UAE in an Arabic video message on the occasion of World Arabic Language Day.
Dr Sheikh Sultan stressed the need to cooperate with institutions concerned with cultural affairs, support writers and intellectuals, and revive cultural activities to enhance and preserve the Arabic language and heritage.
Sheikh Mohammed said, "Today, I attended the Arabic Language Summit, organised by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Youth, at Expo 2020 Dubai, accompanied by the Secretary-General of the Arab League and Arab ministers of culture. The Arabic language is a language of beauty, culture, and civilisation and one summit is certainly not enough.
“This is a ‘90s Calvin Klein dress I think I wore to a premiere or something when I was going out with Brad Pitt,” she said.
The rare two-volume set is a copy from the second edition of the 1764 English language translation of the Quran by English author George Sale.
The event, which took place at the Zoya Health & Wellbeing Resort in Al Zorah, Ajman, was attended by Sheikh Abdullah bin Majid Al Nuaimi.