UNESCO's Red Book on Endangered Languages paints a grim picture for many small languages:
In Europe, there 9 languages listed as nearly extinct, with 26 in serious danger and a further 38 in danger.
In North-East Asia, 2 are possibly extinct, 19 nearly extinct, 8 in serious danger and 13 more in danger.
The situation in Africa, South America and Asia and Pacific seems to be worse.
It seems inevitable that many languages will die out with the advent of globalised society. Is there anything that can be done about these languages? Transnational languages will exert an increasing pressure on them. Will the benefits of increased communication compensate for the loss of many small languages?