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Professor Tracking Languages Moving Toward Extinction

Across the globe, there are 6,861 living languages. That seems like a lot — until you consider that 3,116 are endangered.

Professor Lyle Campbell of the University of Hawaii-Manoa is co-founder of the Endangered Language Catalog. He and his colleagues are tracking the number of endangered languages and languages move toward extinction.

We spoke with Professor Campbell.

Steve Goldstein was a host at KJZZ from 1997 to 2022.