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Many world languages may become extinct due to economic growth, a new study suggests. Already today, several of the world’s nearly 7,000 languages face a serious risk of extinction. Lead study author Tatsuya Amano at the University of Cambridge in England said, for example, Ainu, a language in Japan, is now seriously threatened, with only 10 native speakers left. The United Nations has noted that half of the languages spoken today will disappear by the end of this century if nothing is done to save them.

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