30 Jun '12, 1pm

Google Site Helping Save Endangered Languages

Google Site Helping Save Endangered Languages

When a language is lost, so is a culture, along with its speakers’ stories, their beliefs, their courtship rituals, their spirituality and their history. All that is unique about a particular group of people disappears when their language is lost. With half the world’s languages expected to disappear by the turn of the century, Google is putting its technology at the service of those whose languages are in danger of extinction. The video (below) that explains the project has this to say about why the work is so important: Language loss is often related to oppression and injustice. For these communities, preservation of their language is about the restoration of their cultural identities, their values and their heritage. So Google is collaborating with the newly formed Alliance for Linguistic Diversity to create a digital library for speakers of endangered languages and tho...

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