In the history of human, languages have proved itself the vibrant threads that weave cultures, perception, lifestyle, even beliefs together.
However, while some people bask in having people around the world speak their languages, some others regret that theirs have faded away, leaving behind only memories.
Unfortunately, there are 573 languages that have suffered this fate – extinction. These could be as a result of a few issues;
1. The languages that are no longer spoken or studied.
2. They had local dialects with no records of their alphabet or wording, or documentation.
3. They were major languages of their time, but society and changing cultures left them behind.
Here are seven extinct languages that tell tales of bygone civilizations;
The Sumerian Language:
Rooted in the cradle of civilization, Sumerian graced the ancient Mesopotamian lands. Its cuneiform script is a linguistic relic, preserving the world’s first-known writing system.
The Ancient Greek Language:
For centuries philosophers, epic poets and leaders spoke this language.
The Ancient Egyptian Language:
Ancient Egyptian evolved through various civilizations, spanning thousands of years. It served as the language of pharaohs, priests, and scholars but gradually disappeared as Coptic, an Afro-Asiatic language and Arabic, took its place.
The Tasmanian Aboriginal Languages:
Once spoken across the Australian island of Tasmania, these languages fell silent with the tragic demise of the indigenous Tasmanian population. Efforts to revive fragments persist.
Hailing from the Dalmatian coast, this Romance language succumbed to historical shifts. Only a handful of inscriptions and phrases linger, capturing glimpses of its Adriatic allure.
The Tocharian Language:
Residents in the ancient oasis cities of the Tarim Basin, in present-day China, spoke Tocharian which comprised of two distinct but related Indo-European languages -Tocharian A and Tocharian B. Sadly, it disappeared around the 9th century.
The Ajawa lanuguage:
Ajawa was an Afro-Asiatic language formerly spoken in Bauchi State, Nigeria. It became extinct between 1920 and 1940 as speakers switched to Hausa.
While we tell tales of those gone, about half of some 6,000 languages spoken today are in danger of disappearing. What would you do to ensure yours isn’t one of them?
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