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Title: Social Media and Endangered Languages
Submitter: Roger Blench
Description: I see from the BBC website


that 'digital tools' [i.e. Facebook, Twitter etc.] are going to save
'Endangered Languages' according to 'scientists'. No scientists are
mentioned in the accompanying piece and the only languages referred
to are North American.

My question is whether there is any evidence at all that genuinely
endangered languages elsewhere in the world are likely be be even
affected by such digital tools? My experience is that the reverse is true,
that new media tend to promote dominant languages and scripts.
Date Posted: 20-Feb-2012
Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
LL Issue: 23.849
Posted: 20-Feb-2012

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