There are currently between 5,000 and 7,000 languages spoken in the world today, with numbers of speakers ranging from tens of millions to a mere handful. Many of these languages are disappearing, and current estimates place between 50% to 80% of them in danger of disappearing before the end of this century. The LDRC currently houses several projects aimed at the documentation, preservation, and/or revitallization of minority and endangered languages throughout the world.
World Atlas of Language Structures
UNESCO Languages of the World Site
Endangered Language Fund
Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages
Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project
Foundation for Endangered Languages
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