Thankfully, for most of us, the answer is no. Cordillera languages continue to be classified as “Living Languages” by the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL). The bad news is that Agta-Villiviciosa spoken by some of our kailiyans in Abra is now considered extinct; according to SIL, our kailiyans who used to speak this language are now using Ilokano. [Hat tip: Salita Blog]
Although there is no immediate danger that our languages will become extinct, we still need to ensure that they will be passed on to the next generation. Probably the best way to do that, aside from teaching them to our kids and using them in our daily lives, is through the internet.
According to this article (via The Native Blog), the internet has breathed life into dying languages. More importantly, kids now think that their languages are “cool”.
Ay ngan pay ngen nan Kankanaey translation di “cool”? (So what’s the Kankanaey translation for “cool”?). Baken met “mentedek”? We need help. Tulong! Tulong! Or should it be, “Badang! Badang!”
UPDATE: You might want to read this article which tackles the media’s coverage of dying languages. Thanks to our anonymous commenter for the tip.