Last Speakers - Lost Worlds - W.L. Norman Photography

Every two weeks the world loses one human language – that is, an entire tribal group loses its intimate connection with an integral part of its culture and history as the last fluent speaker of its native tongue passes away.

Of the world's estimated 7000 spoken languages there are 478 with less than 100 individuals with fluency and 140 with less than 10 fluent speakers. Every 10 to 14 days one of these languages goes extinct... forever.

This is a photo-documentary project to portray these last speakers from some 25 to 35 of these cultures, many of which have a single fluent speaker remaining.


See the Project here


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