"It's very romantic to try and save a language but nonsense", estime le journaliste du Times Philip Howard. "Language is not a plant that rises and falls, lives and decays. It's a tool that's perfectly adapted by the people using it."

Au Pays de Galles, vient de se tenir une conférence sur cette problématique des langues menacées de disparition : "About 6,000 different languages are spoken around the world. But the Foundation for Endangered Languages estimates that between 500 and 1,000 of those are spoken by only a handful of people. And every year the world loses around 25 mother tongues."

La BBC met les pieds dans le plat : "Are dying languages worth saving?"

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Source : BBC News, 15/09/10

Bibliographie : Dans cet article de 2001, Ian Buruma soulevait déjà la question : "When languages die because the speakers are massacred or forced to change, this is indeed deplorable, but the ecolinguists think diversity is a good thing per se, and the loss of any language, no matter how small, and whatever the circumstances of its demise, a loss to humanity." ("The Road to Babel", NYRB, 31/05/01)