Google sets out to save dying languages

Google, along with other major forces of our dot-com times, has played a huge part in making English the lingua franca of the Internet, but today brings news of an effort it's making to counterbalance that, at least a little. It is kicking off the Endangered Languages Project, a site for interested groups and individuals to share research and collaborate on projects to help preserve languages that are under threat in the modern age, with the aim to document some 3,000 languages -- half of all the world's languages -- "on the verge of extinction," Google's Clara Rivera Rodriguez and Jason Rissman write in a blog post today. Google says the new site will contain a number of tools and resources to help keep some of those alive: there will be high-quality recordings of people speaking the languages, copies of historical manuscripts, e-learning options, and even niche-language social networking opportunities, in addition to research and other documentation.

Google sets out to save dying languages

Google on Wednesday set out to save the world's dying languages.

Thu 21 Jun 12 from Phys.org

Google backs new Endangered Languages Project to help preserve over 3,000 languages

One of the peculiarities of internet-influenced globalization is that even as more information than ever can be archived, things like niche languages are at risk of disappearing. ...

Thu 21 Jun 12 from The Verge

Google fights to save 3,054 languages

Will you be any worse off the moment humans cease to speak in Aragonese? How about Navajo, or Ojibwa? Or Koro, a language only just discovered in a tiny corner of northeast India?

Thu 21 Jun 12 from CNN

New Google project helps preserve dying languages

Google is launching a new project to help save over 3,000 dying languages. It?s called the Endangered Languages project, and it's backed by an international coalition of scholars and linguists

Thu 21 Jun 12 from FOXNews

Endangered Languages Project: Google Wants To Save 3,000 Languages Under Threat (Thanks Partly To Google)

Google, along with other major forces of our dot-com times, has played a huge part in making English the lingua franca of the Internet, but today brings news of an effort it's making to counterbalance ...

Thu 21 Jun 12 from TechCrunch

Google 'to save endangered languages'

Google has launched a new website in a bid to save endangered languages from disappearing forever.

Thu 21 Jun 12 from Telegraph.co.uk Tech

Google-backed Endangered Language Project Helps Preserve Dwindling Dialects

Google is backing a cultural initiative to help preserve more than 3,000 dwindling languages around the world. The Endangered Language project is backed by Google.org and maintained by the Alliance ...

Thu 21 Jun 12 from

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