This front-page news story on Dying Languages in
New York City ("the most linguistically diverse city in the world") is worth a read, despite the bows toward political correctness. Languages I have never heard of: Mandaic, Vlashki, Massalit, Garifuna, etc., exists here. "It is the capital of language density in the world," said Daniel
Kaufman, an adjunct professor of linguistics at the Graduate Center of
"We're sitting in an endangerment hot spot where we are surrounded by
languages that are not going to be around even in 20 or 30 years." Of course, endangered language programs are being organized at local universities. Let's just assume that the city is like a museum....