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endangeredlanguages.com, Google’s collaborative project to protect global linguistic diversity

June 21, 2012

Kirsten Winkler has a post up entitled, “Introducing Google’s Endangered Languages Project.”  She reports:

When visiting the official Google blog today I learnt about their new Endangered Languages Project.

It might sound a little funny that a company who is largely benefiting from English as de facto official language of the Internet, now wants to be on the forefront of fighting the extinction of languages in the World. But Google was also known for their “do no evil” credo and they apparently reminded themselves of it and take social responsibility.

According to an estimate, only about 50% of the languages that exist today will still be spoken by 2100, in other words approximately 3000 languages. The website is designed to

“find and share the most up-to-date and comprehensive information about endangered languages”.

How does the Endangered Languages Project work?

Want to know how?  The post is here.

Want to see?

Want to participate?

endangeredlanguages.com

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