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In my country at least, local languages are not valued as much as English is. Conversely, fluent English speakers have an edge over others even if unfairly so. My friends request me to talk in English with their children, or nephews and nieces. With time, the language will be spoken by more and more people and we will lose our linguistic diversity. In the article, the author explores the reasons behind some languages losing out on the battle for existence and for some languages winning that battle. He says that linguistic diversity gets threatened because of opportunity availability (English speakers are preferred for more jobs; larger languages are associated with opportunity and smaller ones with backwardness), literacy (formal education emphasis one or two languages and often emphasis other language over native language), or (especially in the past) colonization (native language is discouraged). Among other things, the essayist also indicates what makes a language rich and how that same complexity and richness makes it difficult to revive such languages once they are lost. I also came to understand why it is tough for me to learn Marathi – because I am grown, busy and self-conscious. So, in 2115, how many languages would we be left with?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/what-the-world-will-speak-in-2115-1420234648

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