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From Sweden to Mexico, Indigenous people explain why their languages are disappearing

For Indigenous peoples, language extinction is connected to loss of land

Why do languages die?

Languages die out because the conditions in which indigenous communities live are not conducive to cultural prosperity, according to linguists and activists Yásnaya Elena Aguilar, from Mexico, and Sofia Jannok, from Sweden.

Young girl from the Chatino community in Mexico. Photo credit: Pxfuel, under CC license.
Member of the Sami community in Finland. Photo credit: Flickr/Youngbrov, under CC license.



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