SIL LEAD just posted a great piece on their blog. Here’s how it starts:
Imagine if all the English-speaking children you knew suddenly shifted to Esperanto and you knew without a doubt that once they grew up, the English language would disappear from the world forever. Sure, there’d be a written record…. But if nobody was speaking and using English, all of that accumulated material would quickly become the province of a small group of academics.
Of the over seven thousand languages spoken in the world today, one thousand, three hundred and ninety-three are not being passed on to new generations and will soon be lost. The words, history, and much of the culture of around 11.7 million people… gone.
Then it zooms in on Thailand, and the great work that the Foundation for Applied Linguistics is doing. Read the whole article here: https://www.sil-lead.org/blog/2018/6/15/imagine-a-world-without-english.