Endangered languages preserved by Google

Posted on June 26, 2012

 

A new website has been launched by Google in an attempt to preserve endangered languages across the globe. The website, called ‘The Endangered Languages Project’ will help people to share information and news regarding endangered languages.

The website will hold a database of languages which are at risk, in addition to helping people who have familiarity with the languages to work together towards preservation. According to Jason Rissman and Clara Rivera Rodriguez, Google Endangers Languages Project managers quoted in the Telegraph, more than 3000 languages are thought to be facing extinction, equating to around half the languages in the world. The website will provide information for people who want to know more about the languages which are under threat of extinction. Clara wrote on the Google blog:

“Documenting the 3000+ languages that are on the verge of extinction (about half of all languages in the world) is an important step in preserving cultural diversity, honouring 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.”

The Alliance for Linguistic Diversity, a new partnership, is backing the project. The aim of the project is for people who are experts in the languages to work with others to access and collect new data which can be shared. Google is at the forefront of new initiatives to make access to information and knowledge easier. This is the primary reason a business centres its SEO campaign around Google, whether the company is from Chester or Chesapeake.

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