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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Google Helps Preserve 3,000 Endangered Languages

Ever since I watched the documentary "The Linguists" featuring two linguistic anthropologists traveling the world in hopes of documenting dying languages, I've had an interest in the preservation of languages.

It seems that Google is jumping on board this initiative by teaming with preservation organisations to create the Endangered Languages Project, a website which aims to document the 3,000+ languages that are on the verge of extinction.

Around 30 organisations including the Indigenous Language Institute, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the Language Archive at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Alaska Native Language Archive have joined forces to form the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity that will feed into the platform.

Read the entire story on Wired


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