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International Mother Tongue Day

UNESCO pays tribute to indigenous communities for preserving their mother tongues for cultural harmony
On the occasion of International Mother Langauge Day, 21 Feb 2012, UNESCO Islamabad pays tribute to indigenous languages of Pakistan. In Pakistan there are 28 indigenous mother languages endangered of the extinction. Out of 28, Balti, Brahui, Burushaski, Khowar, Maiya, Purik and Spiti are in the list of vulnerable languages which means that the most children who have inherited this language speak it but it may be restricted to certain domains (e.g., home), where as Bashkarik, Bateri, Bhadravahi, Gawar-Bati, Jad, Kati, Kundal Shahi, Ormuri, Phalura, Savi, Torwali,Ushojo, Wakhi, Yidgha, Zangskari are in the list of definitely endangered which in terms of definition are the langues which children no longer learn as mother tongue in the homes. Six languages are in the list of severely endangered language that means, grandparents and older generations speak the language; while the parent generation may understand it, they do not speak it to children or among themselves. These six languages include Chilisso, Dameli, Domaaki, Gowro, Kalasha and Kalkoti.