Imagine you're in the mountains in southern Greece, the breeze is cool and the view is breathtaking, and you hear a sharp sound from far away. This isn't the sound of an animal, it is the language of people from the small village of Antia, the language is called Sfyria. The people of this village have faced a terrifying threat to the safety of their language due to globalism. The speakers of the language have started to leave their small village because of no opportunities to be had there, they all leave for Athens leaving the language with only 6 people being able to speak it left in the world. I urge UNESCO to please provide funding in order to promote classes that teach this dying language and spread it to the world once again so that it may be used for its ability to communicate over long distances without technology.
Globalism is a very prominent threat to languages that are less prominent. According to the article "There are close on 7,000 languages in the world, and half of them have fewer than 7,000 speakers each, less than a village." This in turn helps to show that most languages might die out due to less people existing to speak them and the rise of more universal languages
Another effect of globalism is its forcing out of languages through technology. For Example "Speakers of Icelandic, for example, struggle to find way to use their native tongue on digital devices". This demonstrates that even new technology is slowly pushing new languages away, and this could be the reason Sfyria is dying.
This article demonstrates some of the reasons why Sfyria is dying. One of which is "While many of the elderly whistlers here have died or lost their teeth, the younger ones have moved to Athens." This language is dying due to the loss in prospects in the village, and needs to be spread before it dies.
This article points out why it might be harder to preserve this language. "Greek linguist Dimitra Hengen says the language is more threatened than a spoken language because it's much harder to reproduce." This quotation points out why the language is facing extinction, it is not as easy as other languages to learn and due to this it will likely die quicker.
This article explains why this language might be useful. This is shown in the quotation "The messages communicated through sfyria travels farther than the spoken Greek. In fact, it can go up four kilometers across the mountain without shouting." Overall, this language can be used to communicate over very large distances such as over mountain ranges.