Tongues on the EDGE: language preservation priorities based on threat and lexical distinctiveness

  title={Tongues on the EDGE: language preservation priorities based on threat and lexical distinctiveness},
  author={Nicolas Perrault and Maxwell J. Farrell and T. Jonathan Davies},
  journal={Royal Society Open Science},
Languages are being lost at rates exceeding the global loss of biodiversity. With the extinction of a language we lose irreplaceable dimensions of culture and the insight it provides on human history and the evolution of linguistic diversity. When setting conservation goals, biologists give higher priority to species likely to go extinct. Recent methods now integrate information on species evolutionary relationships to prioritize the conservation of those with a few close relatives. Advances in… Expand
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