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 on Wednesday set out to save the world's dying languages.
Thu 21 Jun 12 from Phys.org
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
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
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 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 Fastcompany Tech
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
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