I read this BBC article about languages today. Basically, the Foundation of Endangered Languages has estimated that between 500 and 1000 languages are only spoken by a handful of people, and that we lose around 25 mother tongues every year equating to losing 250 languages over a decade. The foundation has organised a conference, at a UK university, so language experts can discuss whether endangered languages should be saved. I think these quotes from the article sum up most of the arguments: "Different languages will have their quirks which tell us something about being human" - Nicholas Ostler, the foundation's chairman. "Language is the only absolutely true democracy. It's not what professors of linguistics or academics or journalists say, but what people do. If children in the playground start using 'wicked' to mean terrific then that has a big effect." - Philip Howard. "It's very romantic to try and save a language but nonsense." - Philip Howard '"With modern communications and popular culture "you find that if enough people want to speak a language they can".' Anyway, I was wondering what you thought about it. Should we save languages that only a handful speak? Should it be in the hands of politicians, or is it up to us to keep languages alive?