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Book: The Five-Minute Linguist

Chapter: 34. Why Do Languages Die?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38154


Languages that are no longer passed on to younger speakers, and eventually only the elderly speakers are left to speak them, die out. Languages can also die because of epidemics, human invasions or nature itself can swallow up languages.

Chapter Contributors

  • Christopher Moseley ( - cmoseley) 'Independent scholar'