Why Do We Speak So Many Languages? | WYPR

Why Do We Speak So Many Languages?

Aug 15, 2017

The pronunciation of the word "red" in the different languages of Malakula.
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More than seven thousand languages are spoken around the globe, but researchers have picked up on a curious fact: as you move from the Earth’s poles toward the equator, more and more languages are spoken. Why are there so many more languages spoken in the tropics? Dr. Michael Gavin, associate professor of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources at Colorado State University, describes his investigation of language diversity.

Check out Dr. Gavin's piece posted on The Conversation here. Listen to the different languages of Malakula, compiled by the Max Plank Institute for the Science of Human History