The fight is on to save Toronto’s endangered languages

From Harari, spoken in eastern Ethiopia, to Bukhori, spoken by Bukharan Jews in central Asia, an organization is looking to record Toronto’s linguistic diversity before it’s too late.

Anastasia Riehl, co-director of the Endangered Language Alliance Toronto, spoke on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning about the race against time to capture and preserve the languages of small communities.

“About 6000 to 7000 languages are spoken today, and we expect about half of those will be lost in the next 100 years,” she said. “Many of these languages have never been documented.”

Riehl said that by working in Toronto, they have a natural advantage.

“While linguists are scrambling to get to these remote parts of the world and do documentation, we can do a number of recordings right here in Toronto,” she said.

Read more: CBC News

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