Summary: Unesco`s list is based on the extent of endangerment and on intergenerational language transmission. A language is vulnerable when it is spoken mostly by children but only at their homes. It is endangered when it no longer enjoys the status of mother tongue.
Guwahati: The National Book Trust would make a concerted effort to revive languages of the northeast that are facing the threat of extinction, said newly-appointed director of the organization and noted writer Rita Choudhury on Saturday. On the measures planned by NBT to save NE languages that are dying, the director said NBT would lay emphasis on it on the basis of priority after carefully considering all factors. UNESCO`s Atlas of the World`s Languages in Danger has listed more than five NE languages as vulnerable, definitely endangered, severely endangered, critically endangered and extinct.
Unesco`s list is based on the extent of endangerment and on intergenerational language transmission.
A language is vulnerable when it is spoken mostly by children but only at their homes. It is endangered when it no longer enjoys the status of mother tongue.
It is severely endangered if it is only spoken by elder generations. Critically endangered means the usage of the language is restricted to elder generations and even they speak it infrequently.
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