List of Extinct Languages

List of Extinct Languages
List of Extinct Languages
An extinct language or dead language is a language that has gone through language death and left with no native speaker.

The language which has joined the list of extinct languages in the world is Witchita with the death of last native speaker Doris McLemore on August 30, 2016. Another language which extinct in this year is Nuchatlaht of Wakashan language family. The last fluent Nuchatlaht speaker, Alban Michael, died in February 2016 at the age of 89.

In actuality, it is hard to find the exact number of extinct languages, but if we look at the raw data, 50 or more languages have died in past 15 years. In India, approximately 7 to 10 languages have died in past two decades.

List of Extinct languages in World


YearLanguageLanguage FamilyRegion
2016WichitaCaddoanUSA
2016Nuchatlaht dialect of Nuu-chah-nuithWakashanCanada
2014KlallamSalishanUSA
2013LivonianUralicLatvia
2012YurokAlgicUSA
2012DhungalooPama-NyunganAustralia
2011Lower ArrentePama-NyunganAustralia
2010PazehAustronesianTaiwan
2010Cochin Indo Potuguese CreolePortuguese-based CreoleIndia
2010Aka-BoAndamaneseIndia
2009Aka-KoraAndamaneseIndia
2009Aka-JeruAndamaneseIndia
2009NyawaygiPama-NyunganAustralia
2009Gugu BadhunPama-NyunganAustralia
2009MuruwariPama-NyunganAustralia
2009ThaypanPama-NyunganAustralia
2009AgavotaguerraArawakanBrazil
2009ArikemTuipanBrazil
2009KaripunaTuipanBrazil
2009Pataxo Ha-Ha-HaeUnclassifiedBrazil
2009AribwatsaMalayo-PolynesianPapua New Guinea
2009LelakMalayo-PolynesianMalaysia
2009Papora-HoanyaAustronesianTaiwan
2008Plains ApacheNa-DeneUSA
2008DuraSino-TibetanNepal
2008EyakNa-DeneUSA
2007Gros VentreAlgicUSA
2007JavindoDutch based creoleIndonesia
2006A-PucikwarAndamaneseIndia
2005WhulshootseedSalishanUSA
2005Berbice Creole DutchDutch based creoleGuyana
2005OsageSiouanUSA
2005Barrow PointPama-NyunganAustralia
2004DuliNiger-CongoCameroon
2003Akkala SamiUralicRussia
2003Klamath-ModocPenutianUSA
2003Garig IigarPama-NyunganAustralia
2003AlgnithPama-NyunganAustralia
2003ArebaPama-NyunganAustralia
2003AtampayaPama-NyunganAustralia
2003UnbindhamuPama-NyunganAustralia
2002UnamiAlgicAustralia
2002GaagudjuArnhem Land LanguagesUSA
2002SerranoUlto-AzlecanAustralia
2001AmanayeTuipanUSA
2000XamTuuSouth Africa
2000SowaMalayo-PolynesianVanuatu
2000MesmesSemiticEthiopia
1996MalaryanDravidianIndia
1994Aka-CariAndamaneseIndia
1964AariyaSpuriousIndia
1901Aka-BeaAndamaneseIndia
1901Oko-JuwoiAndamaneseIndia
1901Aka-kolAndamaneseIndia
1901Aka-kedeAndamaneseIndia
1901Aka-BaleAndamaneseIndia
UnknownAhomTaiIndia
UnknownPaliIndo-AryanIndia
UnknownAndroSino-TibetanIndia
UnknownLubankiIndo-AryanIndia
UnknownChairelSino-TibetanIndia
UnknownRangkasSino-TibetanIndia
UnknownSengmaiSino-TibetanIndia
2010RugaSino-TibetanIndia