Google have launched The Endangered Languages Project in a bid to save the world’s endangered languages from becoming extinct.
Language extinction is no new process, it has been happening since before we can remember however, the rate at which languages are disappearing has never been faster. Google have recognised this and have taken matters in to their own hands.
Technology: The language preserver
Technology is ever changing and is always evolving. With its unlimited on-line space and wide and growing public reach it’s the perfect tool to help store, document and catalogue endangered languages.
The world wide web is available to anyone with internet access so will introduce people to languages from the other side of the world that they have never even heard of.
The technologies will provide people with material they can refer to in order to learn and teach and ultimately save the languages in danger. And in turn save the different histories, cultures and heritage that live within and were created in the language.
Who, what, when, where, why?
Who: Organisations, alliances and individuals who are all working alongside each other and Google to confront language endangerment.
What: The Endangered Languages Project is an online resource to record, access, and share samples of and research on endangered languages, as well as to share advice and best practices for those working to document or strengthen languages under threat.
When: Now… check it out
Where: Online, where else!!!
Why: To preserve and catalogue a range of languages at risk of extinction in a bid to prolong their existence and make them available to a wider audience.
The project aim’s to put Google’s technological advances at its forefront and help the supporting publics use the services to help document, preserve and teach the languages that are at risk.
Endangered Languages – The facts
- There are an estimated 7,000 plus languages circulating the globe to this very day, half of which are at risk of disappearing in the next 100 years if nothing is done to preserve them.
- Every fourteen days a language dies, this is astonishing and puts into perspective the seriousness of the situation and only reinforces the pressure on us as a society to do more to save these endangered tongues from extinction.
- Endangered languages can be found in all corners of the globe but the regions that are host to the most endangered languages are: Melanesia, Sub-Saharan Africa and South America.
We lose more than a language
Each language has a unique vision of the world and each language represents a different culture, history and heritage. With the loss of a language we lose their distinctive view on the world. We lose a part of our world’s histories and when future generations look back at that certain aspect of history it will be meaningless. With the loss of a language we will be losing a slice of history.
Praise for Google
Languages represent a certain culture and their traditions, histories, arts, stories but not only this they hold the understanding of specific personalities, a judgement on life, beliefs, humour and love. We applaud Google for their efforts in language preservation and hope that the project will help raise awareness of the importance of language and ultimately make a difference.