Google Introduces Endangered Languages Project

June 21st, 2012 at 6:15 pm

In an attempt to preserve the world’s most endangered languages, Google has announced the Endangered Languages project that aims to put up a database for languages that are spoken by fewer than 20,000 people.

Google reports that over 3,000 languages are in dire need of saving and it is estimated that only 50% of the world’s languages today are most likely to be extinct by the year 2100. Apart from preserving the languages for the future, Google’s Endangered Languages Project aims to document these languages and preserve cultural identity, all while “honoring the knowledge of our elders and empower our youth.”

Visitors can contribute to the site with various content that concerns these endangered languages, including manuscripts, stories, and teaching techniques in both audio and video.

Although this project is a Google initiative, the company is willing to let other organizations take over in the future, including the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and The Institute for Language Information and Technology of Easter Michigan University.

Source: Google Blog UK, via Slashgear


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