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Linguistic Diversity

The origin of language diversity can be traced back to the legendary Tower of Babel, as described in the Bible. According to the story, humanity once shared a single language until a divine intervention led to the dispersion of languages. While this story is part of religious tradition, it underscores the idea that languages have evolved and diversified over time. The fascination with the Tower of Babel narrative has even inspired famous artwork, like Pieter Bruegel the Elder's painting.

Despite the existence of over 7,000 languages worldwide, a select few dominate the global stage. Mandarin Chinese, with over a billion native speakers, tops the list, followed by languages such as Spanish, English, Hindi, and Arabic. English, in particular, serves as a lingua franca, spoken by non-native speakers worldwide for international communication.

While some languages thrive, many others face the threat of extinction. It's estimated that a language disappears every two weeks. Indigenous and isolated communities often hold the last speakers of these endangered languages. Efforts to document and revitalize them are essential for preserving linguistic heritage. For instance, the Ainu language, spoken by the indigenous Ainu people of Japan, is now on the brink of extinction, with only a handful of elderly speakers remaining.


In conclusion, the incredible diversity of languages offers a unique window into human culture, history, and perception of the world. From legendary beginnings to contemporary challenges, the study of languages continues to be a captivating field. These languages, whether ancient, widely spoken, or constructed for a specific purpose, are vital aspects of our shared human heritage, shedding light on our past and shaping our future. Embracing this linguistic diversity can lead to a deeper understanding of our world and its inhabitants. 
Ana Batista, 12.º H
cortesia de envio de Constância Silva, docente de Inglês e colaboradora do CRESCER

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