WONDER #2519: How Do Languages Die?

Question 1 of 3

This Wonder was mostly about...

  1. how to learn a new language.
  2. the fall of the Roman Empire and how Latin became other languages.
  3. how languages die and what can be done to stop them from going extinct.
  4. why there are 6,000 languages around the world today.

Question 2 of 3

Which is the BEST evidence that languages are dying at a fast pace?

  1. “Sometimes, languages shift or evolve instead of becoming extinct.”
  2. “About half the world’s spoken languages are endangered.”
  3. “Linguists travel the world to record the last native speakers of dying languages.”
  4. “Experts say that another language becomes extinct every two weeks.”

Question 3 of 3

Which of the following is NOT a way languages die?

  1. People are forced to stop using their languages
  2. Languages evolve and become new languages
  3. People forget their language and start using a new one
  4. People feel pressure to use another language instead of their own

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