Save the Spoken


2012 Google announces:

"Today we're introducing something we hope will help: the Endangered Languages Project, a website for people to find and share the most up-to-date and comprehensive information about endangered languages. Documenting the 3,000+ languages that are on the verge of extinction (about half of all languages in the world) is an important step in preserving cultural diversity, honoring the knowledge of our elders and empowering our youth. Technology can strengthen these efforts by helping people create high-quality recordings of their elders (often the last speakers of a language), connecting diaspora communities through social media and facilitating language learning."


Google's partners in the effort will be the First People's Cultural Council and the LINGUIST List, and it will draw on research from the Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat), overseen by teams at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and Eastern Michigan University. 

While exploring the web material on this topic, I came across one of the Economist's blog - Johnson, an unmatched read on languages.