List of endangered languages facts for kids

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A list of endangered languages (with fewer than 1000 speakers or with very fast decline).

In order to judge if a language is actually endangered, the number of speakers is less important than the distribution among age cohorts. There may be 200,000 mother tongue speakers of the Breton language over 50 years of age, but fewer than 2,000 under 25 years of age - thus it is likely Breton will die out in the next half century. On the other hand while there are 30,000 Ladin language speakers left, almost all children still learn it as their mother tongue - thus Ladin is not endangered in the 21st century.

This page should include a link to the language's page, geographical localization and an approximate number of speakers

Americas

  • Michif, spoken by fewer than 1,000 people in western Canada
  • indigenous languages of Canada:
    • Abenaki, 10 speakers
    • Beaver, 300 speakers
    • Cayuga, 360 speakers
    • Delaware (Munsee), fewer than 10 speakers
    • Han, few speakers
    • Hare, 600 speakers
    • Onandaga, fewer than 100 speakers
    • Oneida, 200 speakers
    • Potawatomi, 100 speakers
    • Sarcee, 10 speakers
    • Seneca, 25 speakers
  • indigenous languages of the USA:
    • Hawaiian language, Hawaii

Asia

Australia

  • all aboriginal languages

Europe

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