One language becomes extinct every two years: UNESCO

Did you know that one language becomes extinct every two years?

A study by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) found that one language in the world becomes extinct or endangered and at risk of being lost every two years.

According to a news report, Isang wika sa buong mundo, namamatay sa bawat dalawang taon: UNESCO, in the Philippines there are also certain languages which may be considered endangered or at risk of being lost.

One language becomes extinct every two years: UNESCO [Image: TFA]
One language becomes extinct every two years: UNESCO [Image: TFA]

The report said that a research by the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) also found that there are a number of native languages in the country which, because of lack of use, are endangered.

Dumagat

National Artist For Literature and KWF chair Virgilio Almario said that the languages nearing extinction include the native Dumagat o Agta, according to the report, but said, there are actions already taken to protect the endangered Philippine languages.

“Pangunahin na rito ang pagtuturo ng mga naturang wika sa mga bata upang maimulat sila sa kasanayan sa pagsasalita ng kanilang lenggwahe.

“Bukod pa rito ang balak na pagtatatag ng tinatawag na language archive kung saan mapapangalagaan pa ang mga katutubong wika para makita at mapag-aralan ng susunod na henerasyon.

“Naniniwala ang KWF na panahon na upang itaguyod ang paggamit ng mga wika sa Pilipinas na maituturing na pamana ng lahi.”

Sentro Ng Salin

Meanwhile, an agreement has been signed by KWF and the University of Santo Tomas, one of the world’s oldest universities, to establish the first Sentro ng Salin.

The aim of the centre is to translate foreign books to Filipino which can be used in schools.

“Bahagi na rin ito ng kampanya ng KWF sa pagtataguyod at pagmamahal sa paggamit ng wikang pambansa.

“Sa nasabi ring pasilidad ng UST sisimulang sanayin ang mga nagnanais na maging propesyunal na tagasalin o translator sa wikang Filipino.”

*** Part reporting in English by TFA Staff

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