Vastavam web:400 Indian Languages Are At Risk Of Dying In 50 Years More than half of the languages spoken by India 1.3 billion people may die out over the next 50years, scholars said on Thursday, calling for a concerted effort to preserve the tongues spoken by the nation& endangered tribal communities. The People Linguistic Survey of India (PSLI) raised the alarm during the launch of the latest 11 volumes in its planned 50 volume survey of the country& languages. India people speak as many as 780 different languages, the PSLI said.
At least 400 Indian languages are at the risk of dying in coming 50 years," GN Devy, the chairman of PSLI, said. Each time a language is lost, the corresponding culture is killed, Mr Devy said, adding that India had already lost 250 languages in the last five decades. The group of scholars and teachers at PSLI documents Indian regional languages in order to conserve cultural heritage and diversity. Most at risk are marginal tribal communities whose children receive no education or, if they do go to school, are taught in one of India 22 officially recognized languages.