2019 Volume 2019, Issue 1

2019: The International Year of Indigenous Languages

While indigenous peoples make up only 5% of the world's population, they speak the majority of its 7,000 languages and “own, occupy or use resources on some 22% of the global land area, which in turn harbours 80% of the world’s biological diversity. This is why the safeguarding of indigenous languages – a growing number of which are now threatened – is crucial not only for the maintenance of linguistic diversity, but also for the world's cultural and biological diversity

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