National Geographic Teams with Living Tongues Institute

National Geographic is collaborating with the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages on their Enduring Voices Project and has a web section devoted to it.

The top starts out with an interactive map, showing areas of the globe with degrees of severity in terms of language endangerment. Based on materials from the LTI, the National Geographic map provides pop-up windows when you click on a language endangered area, providing a profile of the area. Click on a button for more information, and you get a new browser tab filled with a list of the languages, revitalization projects, links and data from the Living Tongues Institute (hosted by Swarthmore College).

Below the map is a description of language endangerment (including the statistic that a language goes silent every 14 days), followed by a series of exciting articles (related features) that bring the world to the desktop in that magical way that National Geographic has. Among the links is a YouTube channel for the Enduring Voices Project, currently hosting 132 videos including hip-hop in Aka or Hruso (hru) and the counting system of Foe or Foi (foi), which goes to 37. Others include an expedition to Chile to research Huilliche (huh) and the discovery of Koro (not yet classified).

The site also includes pages on expeditions, resources and revitalization.

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2 Responses to “National Geographic Teams with Living Tongues Institute”

  1. SAIVUS Blog » Race for Native Language Technology Says:

    […] (February 21, 2011), K. David Harrison, Director of Research of the Living Tongues Institute, which recently teamed up with National Geographic’s Enduring Voices project, recently pointed to the role of […]

  2. ALTA blog on languages « Living Languages Says:

    […] The discovery of the Koro Language in the Himalayas discusses Koro, a language discovered by the Enduring Voices Project. […]

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