“What does cheese have to do with preserving languages?”

Here’s a very interesting interview from Radio National about Australia’s endangered languages, and more general questions about, among others, preserving languages and the cognitive advantage of bilingualism and multilingualism.

From the ABC Radio site:

“Three linguists liken saving endangered languages to preserving the variety of cheeses. Reclamation and maintainance of languages can result in cultural diversity and pride.

There are approximately 7,000 languages spoken worldwide today, but half of these languages are predicted to extinct by the end of this century. According to UNESCO experts, a language dies out every 14 days.

The importance to preserve languages is the topic of discussion in this week’s social segment with community linguist Vaso Elefsiniotis, Dr Simon Musgrave from the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University and the Chair of Endangered Languages from the University of Adelaide, Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann.”

Listen to the full interview here

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