Native languages of Colombia: Flourishing or floundering?

Colombia’s National Commemoration of Native Languages day took place last Sunday. The University of Antioquia, located in Colombia’s second city Medellín, have held events all week to continue the commemoration, and celebration, of the country’s native languages and cultures, daily El Tiempo reports.

Yet, there may well be cause to commiserate. According to UNESCO, if action is not taken, half of the 6,000 languages currently spoken in the world will disappear by the end of this century. Most at risk are lesser-spoken languages usually within indigenous or native communities.

Latin America is dominated by European languages. Spanish, English, Portuguese, French and Dutch make up the official languages. The languages of the European colonisers are now the norm. But what of the languages spoken before the conquest?

Read more: Latin Correspondent

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