Linguist Mark Turin takes us on a whirlwind tour of New York City to explore a few of its 800 languages. Some thrive, at least briefly. Some survive in spite of the odds. Some live on through the words they loan to English and other immigrant tongues. But nearly all of them eventually die.
This is the final part of a BBC series called Our Language in Your Hands. In the first part, Turin returns to a village in Nepal where two decades ago he learned and documented the Thangmi language. In the second part, he’s in South Africa to assess how its languages are faring nearly 20 years after the end of Apartheid.