Author(s): Chris McCabe
One endangered language is dying out every two weeks. Of the 7, 000 languages spoken in the world, over half of these are endangered. By the end of the century, half of the world's current languages will be lost, which will also mean the loss of unique poetic traditions.
This book will showcase a collection of poems in rare languages from around the world and raise awareness of this huge, urgent cultural and political issue. Edited by Chris McCabe, Head of the National Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre, and founder of its Endangered Poetry Project, each poem is accompanied by an English translation and commentary providing insight into the language and its speakers, as well as the poem itself.
The collection is introduced by Dr Mandana Seyfeddinipur, Director of the SOAS World Languages Institute, and Dr Martin Orwin, who explain the global situation of endangered languages and the efforts that are being made to document them.