The thing about languages.
A typical way for humans, and perhaps other beings, to communicate. However, the one problem is that there are between 6000-7000 languages alive today and it is impossible for a human being to learn them all in their lifespan.
At the same time, in 50 years time probably half of those languages will have gone extinct, because of globalisation. A lot of these languages have only one native speaker alive today, and when he dies, the language dies, too. Even though his children for example might have some knowledge of the language; they're not a native speaker and therefore, the language dies.
So is it worth saving them? Because extinct languages certainly can be revived. Just look at Hebrew; extinct for 3000 years and now it's sparkling with life.
A lot of people find it unneccesary to save them, however it still is the culture of a group of people, so others don't quite agree on that. Personally, I think the languages certainly should be filed, but it is normal for a culture to divine; it happens all the time.
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