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Media: Endangered Languages Project Article in Language Magazine

Submitter: Anna Belew

Submitter Email: anna@linguistlist.org
Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Media Body: An article in the new issue of Language magazine outlines the organizations and collaborations behind the Endangered Languages Project, including the LINGUIST List:

'In what might seem an unlikely partnership, a team comprised of leading linguists, representatives of Indigenous language communities and Google have created an online platform for sharing information on the world’s most at-risk languages. Endangeredlanguages.com launched in June of 2012, complete with more than 3,000 unique pages for languages deemed to be at risk of disappearing. The Endangered Languages Project is the result of an intense collaboration between three groups who wouldn’t normally work so closely together, and although the approach is not without challenges, it just might break new ground in the arena of language learning and revitalization.

[...] With Google involved, the Aristars and Campbell could be confident that the Endangered Languages Catalogue (ELCat) could find its home online and reach a global audience. The ELCat Project would eventually form the foundation of the website, giving each language its unique page, accessible via a Google-powered map that would act as the nexus of a web of data, images, videos, and information.'

Full story: http://languagemagazine.com/?page_id=5932
Issue Number: 24.1207
Date Posted: March 11, 2013

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