Google saving dying languages

Jun 28, 2012 | Language

GlobeWhat are Koro, Navajo and Beni Iznassen and what do they have in common? They are all endangered languages, which, along with 3,500 others, are all at risk of disappearing altogether.

Internet giants, Google, have set out to save the world’s dying languages. Along with scholars and linguists, they have introduced the Endangered Languages Project, an online resource develped to record, access, and share endangered languages and dialects. The site claims that only 50% of the languages that are alive today will be spoken by the year 2100 and that the “disappearance of a language means the loss of valuable scientific and cultural information, comparable to the loss of a species.”

And it’s fascinating stuff. Take a look at the map to how see these endangered languages are spread across the world, from Scottish Gaelic to Kaurna of southern Australia. And find out why they are dying out, and what is being done about it.

Click here to find out more.