So far, the PLSI has recorded 780 languages in India and 68 scripts. When Devy embarked on the mammoth project, even he did not expect to unearth that many. He says that the PLSI could not report on nearly 80 languages for various reasons, including accessibility of a given region due to remoteness or conflict, which brings the estimated total number of languages closer to 850. Read more here
Ganesh Devy of People’s Linguistic Survey of India.
“Every language represents a unique worldview, It takes great human labor for a language to evolve and when a language disappears, we will not be able to look at the world in the same way again.” says Ganesh Devy
This is very profound, I haven’t thought of language as window into world view of the people speaking it.
After mapping India’s languages, Devy, whose spirit is unflagging at 67, has turned his attention to the world at large. His next project is the Global Language Status Report.
“I have been traveling to Africa for a year now and I am not deterred by the scope of mapping 54 countries,” Devy says. “The experience with PLSI was great fun, and I believe if people decide to do something, they actually can.”
I am really conflicted about language, now a days its becoming a tool to separate and categories people. So its good that world is becoming smaller and closer by using fewer languages. Hopefully sooner than later we will have one universal language.
A little sad that we are losing so much culture and different world views