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There are 7,000 languages in the world, and it is possible that only 15% of them will be passed on to the next generation. ”It’s a question of power. Small languages are the languages of minorities. They aren’t considered important,” says Annika Pasanen, a linguist who has studied language extinction.
Small languages are in danger – How can we save them? | University of Helsinki helsinki.fi

The nation state, with its ideas of a single language unifying the people, has proven to be a particularly destructive concept for languages.