According to the UNESCO, there are approximately 6,000 languages and dialects spoken on earth and over half will go extent by the end of the century as the world’s population moves to more urban areas and “standardization” becomes more commonplace in the global economy.
The latest to go was Cromarty fisherfolk, an old Scottish dialect spoken by 92-year-old Bobby Hogg from the seaside Scottish town of Cromarty, located about 175 miles north of Edinburgh. Bobby Hogg died recently, taking with him, the language.
So what does Cromarty fisherfolk sound like? Here’s a text transliteration of it:
“Am fair sconfished wi hayreen; gie’s fur brakwast lashins o am and heggs. (I’m so fed up with herring, give me plenty of ham and eggs for breakfast.)”
“Holl tol / Very drunk
Foamin for want / Desperate for tea
At’s theer trouble? / What’s your trouble?
Theer nae tae big fi a sclaffert yet! / You’re not too big for a slap!”
As the world becomes smaller, driven by the global economy, international regulations, expending travel, and human migration towards urban areas, the world’s more unique languages and dialect are fast becoming unheard of, consigned to the history books.
Here’s an example of how its happening;
International air travel has been on a steady increase over the last 40 years, but how do pilots from on country talk to air traffic control of another? The answer, in English. English is designated as the only language to be used worldwide for such aviation standards.
This has caused many pilots, aircrews, air traffic controllers, airline employees, logistical expediters and aviation buffs to learn English proficiently. In turn, they pass it onto those close to them in their personal lives.
This is just one of many industries and companies that have international operations and have had to adopt a more standard communication language.
Another language used on a global scale is Spanish, with it being the official language in countries spanning four of six continents in the world.
While Chinese is also the of the most widely spoken language, the complexity of it, and the variations have kept it in use mainly in China only.
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