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Google Launches Endangered-Languages Website

Google, with the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity, has launched the Endangered Languages Project <> to support worldwide language preservation. The website catalogs more than 3,000 languages considered to be in danger of extinction. Half of the world’s languages are now on the verge of extinction. The site separates languages into four categories: at risk, endangered, severely endangered, and vitality unknown.
Each threatened language has its own page with video samples and information. Visitors with a Google account can contribute documents related to the study of various languages. The site will use data from the Catalog of Endangered Languages, which University of Hawai’i at Manoa and Eastern Michigan University researchers created. Google will soon take an advisory role to let The First Peoples’ Cultural Council and Eastern Michigan University’s Institute for Language Information and Technology operate the site. (PC Mag)(TechCrunch)(TIME)(Endangered Languages Project)