Saving Vanishing Words: Why Queens is the ‘Noah’s Ark of Languages’

July 5, 2019 | The Christian Science Monitor

New York City's Queens borough is home to speakers of as many as 800 languages, making it Earth's most linguistically diverse community and, according to this article, a distinction that gives linguists the chance to document and preserve some at-risk languages. The Endangered Language Alliance is working with immigrants in Queens to keep their native tongues alive, including Mustangi, a language spoken in an area of Nepal, and an indigenous pre-Columbian language from southern Mexico known as P'urhépecha.

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