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Chinese Embassies Researchers Work to Save Endangered Languages In a quiet study in downtown Beijing, Professor Sun Hongkai is putting the final touches on a book about the languages spoken by the Rouruo people living in southwest China before they disappear forever. Losing the language is like losing a group's identity.
The gradual disappearance of a language is an irrevocable loss to the nation and the whole world, so colorful due to the multitude of cultures, Sun said.
Global Issue The issue of endangered languages was highlighted globally in the s. With the speeding up of economic development and the spread of the Internet and other high-tech communication, increasingly more minority languages are doomed to disappear in the global village.
Linguists attending the seminar accounted that among the 6, languages found in the world, had already disappeared.
The experts predicted that about 70 percent of the world's languages will lose their communicational function in the 21st century and give way to local authoritative languages.
In China, the Ethnic Minority Institute under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences undertook the task of organizing the country's linguists in carrying out general surveys of the languages and finding out ways to preserve them. Chinese Languages China is a country with many ethnic minorities whose languages differ greatly.
One reason for this diversity is that many ethnic minorities speak more than one language, Sun explained. In Taiwan Province, for example, the indigenous Gaoshan ethnic group uses more than 10 kinds of language which belong to the Austranasian language group.
During recent years, Sun and his colleagues at the Ethnic Minority Institute carried out field surveys and compiled detailed reports on the name, distribution, category and user population of the languages used by ethnic minorities in China.
Sun noted that while the 20 some languages used by less than 1, speakers are clearly on the verge of extinction, the situation is no better with languages of larger ethnic minorities.
The Manchurian ethnic minority, for instance, has a population of several million. In the Qing Dynasty founded by the Manchus, the language was once widely used. Today, however, only about a dozen elderly people in the Fuyu County of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province still use the language.
The same situation is true with many other languages. In the small regions where an ethnic minority concentrates, their own language is retained mostly among the elderly people. The younger generation often finds putonghua standard Chinese or some other kind of language more practical to use.
As the economy develops and more people leave their hometown in search of a better life, the distance is widening between the ethnic minority people and their mother tongues. Sun pointed out that the Chinese government has always pursued the policy of equality among all ethnic minorities but no one can reverse the trend of some weak languages being replaced by more functional ones.
We can draw up plans and take measures to slow down the disappearance of languages but we cannot stop this trend. In the Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region, for instance, there are areas where people purely speak Chinese, and areas where people use their own languages.
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