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Proceedings of the Linguistic Society of America
This paper presents a visual depiction of the global spread of language loss over the past two centuries. This is done via a series of world maps (from 1795 to the present by 25-year intervals) in which each country is colored to represent the percentage of its indigenous languages that had died by that year or were doomed to die since they were no longer being used by children. A major finding is that the current rate of language loss is 9 per year, or one every 40 days—a far cry from thedoi:10.3765/plsa.v4i1.4532 fatcat:6l7ab7cat5hjbmbpzfgsgxhwva