This week the Guardian reported that the last two fluent speakers of the language Ayapaneco aren't speaking to each other.
This poignant story got us thinking about the number of endangered languages in the World.
To get to the bottom of this we turned to United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), who regularly publish a list of endangered languages.
UNESCO provide a classification system to show just how 'in trouble' the language is:
Finally, here is the full list of languages in danger and there is even more detail in the spreadsheet that goes with this post.
The UNESCO provide an Alas of endangered languages on their website. Do you have a nice idea for displaying this same data?
Evans, Lisa. 2011. "Endangered languages: the full list". Guardian. Posted: April 15, 2011. Available online: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/apr/15/language-extinct-endangered