Read the following piece of information from The Encyclopedia of Language by David Crystal.

Egyptian is now extinct: its history dates from before the third millennium B.C., preserved in many hieroglyphic inscriptions and papyrus manuscripts. Around the second century A.D., it developed into a language known as Coptic. Coptic may still have been used as late as the early nineteenth century and is still used as a religious language by Monophysite Christians in Egypt.

In what ways do you think we could help prevent the extinction of languages and dialects?

The ways in which we can preserve language and dialects is to recover and practice a dead language. In order to do so, we must remain connected to our roots, enable children to speak in their mother tongue more often, read old books in one's native language and have conversations with the elderly people.