U.S. Internet giant
Google announced today the launch of a website designed to facilitate
the preservation of endangered languages, entitled "Proposed
Endangered Languages (www.endangeredlanguages.com/)".
of more than 3,000 languages on the brink of extinction is an
important step toward preserving cultural diversity, honoring the
wisdom of our elders and empower young people", argued Google.
support these efforts to help people create good quality recordings
of their elders, often the last speakers of their language, to
contact the disparate communities in social networks and facilitate
the learning of languages", they said.
said that they pretend to transfer the management of the site "within
months" to a university laboratory, the Institute of Language
and Information Technology at the University of Eastern Michigan, and
the Cultural Council of the native peoples, AFP reported.
said that this project received funding from its philanthropic arm,
Google.org, and invited other organizations to join this effort.
(Source: El Universal