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Google launches Endangered Languages Project

Published time: June 22, 2012 14:06
Edited time: June 22, 2012 18:06
Google launches Endangered Languages Project (Image from www.endangeredlanguages.com)

Google launches Endangered Languages Project (Image from www.endangeredlanguages.com)

Researchers believe that almost a half out of 7000 languages spoken in the world today are on the verge of extinction. Google has launched a project aimed at protecting fading languages and make them easily accessible for anyone interested.

­Google has started a website allowing users to explore the endangered languages. The resource is a unique platform for researches involved in work with these languages and anybody else interested to share their work, advice and ideas on how to help document and preserve them.

The website also allows users to store audio, video and graphic samples of the languages.

Google hopes The Endangered Languages Project will inspire those who speak these rare languages to contribute to the cause by making high-quality recordings and share them.

Google’s initiative is backed by a new coalition, the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity, and is widely supported by a number of organizations working with languages at risk. Having led the development Google will leave the resource to experts in languages on the brink of disappearing.