Which languages are dying in Europe?

K B   Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:08 pm GMT
Which languages are dying in Europe? I heard someone say that Dutch is a dying language. Is it true?

I'd like people's opinions and more than anything facts.

Istroromanian   Thu Mar 05, 2009 9:11 pm GMT
is one which is dying...it is spoke by less than 1000 people at this moment...
K B   Fri Mar 06, 2009 1:44 am GMT
You mean Dutch? I'm sure that many more people speak Dutch than that. I know the number has to be somewhere in the millions still.
Dying tongues:   Fri Mar 06, 2009 2:05 am GMT
Basque in France, Flemish in France, Corsican...just to name few...
Luca   Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:10 am GMT
Most of the dialects (if you'd like to consider them languages).
Then I guess also Romansh in Switzerland is shrinking year after year, the Sami languages in Scandinavia, etc.
Guest   Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:20 am GMT
Why is dutch dying? Last time I checked it was the main language of the netherlands.
Kroll   Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:28 am GMT
I don't think Dutch is duying. It is going to be a regional language in the future like other language around the world.
Realist   Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:39 am GMT
Dutch may not presently be dying, but it certainly is somewhere on the wrong side of middle aged...
rep   Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:43 am GMT
Language policy in France is the reason of regional languages dying ( including West Flemish-a dialect of Dutch in France)
12345   Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:17 am GMT
Low-Saxon is dying
Dutch is expanding
more   Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:23 am GMT
Low Saxon(Low German) and Dutch are so closely related,that they must treating as dialects (like Norwegian,Danish and Swedish or French and Waloon,or Portuguese and Galician).
cnalbaceous   Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:19 pm GMT
If Dutch is dying, wouldn't Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Icelandic, Faroese, etc. all be in the same boat?
Dutch isn't dying   Fri Mar 06, 2009 12:44 pm GMT
Dutch isn't dying.More and more French speaking people learn to speak and write fluent Dutch to get a better job in Belgium.Dutch is learning at schools in areas of Germany near border with the Netherlands. Dutch is taught as a foreign language at primary, secondary and post-secondary level in French Flanders.
Luca   Fri Mar 06, 2009 3:05 pm GMT
As long as there is motivation a language is still active, well established national languages like Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic don't have any reason at all to die out. Their native speakers might feel very confortable at speaking English but this doesn't mean that they will wake up one day and decide to make it the official language abandoning the previous one.

And notice that even small languages like Faroese are quite well established as well, just because there's a strong will to retain it.

Why Scottish Gaelic instead is so less preserved? The Scottish have always acted proud to be different from the English people but they're not doing a lot to preserve their language (at least not the same efforts the Welsh did).
Guest   Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:12 pm GMT
The Scots don't see Gaelic as important to their identity. The accent is sufficient enough.