The Hemshin Armenian Dialect in Turkey is Endangered

The Hemshin Armenian DialectThe Hemshin Armenian dialect (Homshetsma) is one of the languages spoken in Turkey that are under the threat of extinction, reports Horizon Weekly. This is attested by the data of the UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in danger.

At the moment, the language is categorized as “severely endangered.” Unfortunately, the atlas doesn’t’ specify the current number of its speakers. Among the endangered languages are the language of the Pontic Greeks and the Laz language.

It should be noted that UNESCO classifies a language based on nine factors, the most important of which is the passing of the language from generation to generation. A language is considered to be endangered if the current generation doesn’t learn it as a native language.

According to the atlas, about 40% of the world’s languages are under the threat of extinction.


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