Codebreaker

Google’s trying to save dying languages

John Moe Jun 21, 2012


Remember when Google used to just be a way of looking things up? Now it’s all about driverless cars and crazy glasses and, as of very recently, efforts to help languages from vanishing. Google.org, the company’s non-profit wing has started an online effort to preserve those languages. Of some 7000 languages currently being spoken worldwide, half won’t survive the current century, according to a video accompanying the project.

From the LA Times:

This endangered languages website project, backed by the newly formed Alliance for Linguistic Diversity, aims to be a sort of consortium for independent efforts globally, clearinghouse for collected elements and living online museum where people can access research and share their knowledge of the languages being preserved.

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