Endangered Languages Spoken in New York City

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New York City is a hotbed of transplants and their endangered languages.   It is estimated by some experts that as many as 800 languages are spoken in the Big Apple.  Daniel Kaufman, an adjunct professor of linguistics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, has started the Endangered Language Alliance, a project aimed at cataloging and preserving the myriad of rare languages that are at risk of extinction.  The New York Times has an interesting article on a sample of the languages: entitled “Listening to (and Saving) the World’s Languages.”


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