Language Extinction a "Crisis"? Does anyone else find this a little rediculous? http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2007-09-18-languages_N.htm Are they serious? The names of these 56 varieties of bees aren't listed in any biology text anywhere? C'mon. My grandparents speak Pennsylvania Deutch, a German dialect likely to become extinct in the next 20 or 30 years, wiped out by education finding it's way to the boonies in Pennsylvania. I've seen it listed in articles about language extinction. My grandfather did not speak English at home and became very poorly educated as a result, having to learn to speak English in school. He resented it. My mother, as a result, learned very little Pa Deutch from her parents. I suspect a similar pattern is responsible for its impending exctinction. I see no great loss in an obsolte language becoming extinct.