Unsurprisingly, there are many languages from around the world that are currently facing extinction.
Thankfully, there are organizations such as TranslationServices.com that are trying to take steps towards revitalizing important indigenous languages, such as Languedocien.
History of Languedocien
Languedocien is a language that originated around the 10th century in southern Europe.
Also known by its native name of Lengadocian, Languedocien is an Occitan dialect spoken in areas of Bordeaux, Languedoc, Agenais, and southern France.
Languedocien and other Occitan dialects have changed very little since the Middle Ages, with most of the changes that have occurred being caused by French influence. Languedocien shares its origin with French in Vulgar Latin. However, unlike French, Languedocien has no official status in France. In addition, there is no standard written form of this language.
Without official status, the use of Languedocien has started to decline. The Languedocien language is now typically heard spoken by rural people over the age of 50. Very few children learn Languedocien, and only about 10% of the Languedoc population, or around 300,000 people, are still fluent in the language. Most now speak French as their primary language.
Survival of an Endangered Language
Despite efforts to reverse the declining use of Languedocien and other Occitan dialects, UNESCO has identified these languages as “seriously endangered.”
Fortunately, all hope is not lost.
Translation services can help support the survival of endangered languages like Languedocien on a global level. By offering professional translations and expertise to translate documents, reports, conversation items, etc., TranslationServices.com will keep these languages accessible and relevant.