The Endangered Languages Project

The Endangered Languages Project

A worldwide collaboration to strengthen endangered languages

Today, approximately 7,000 languages are spoken around the globe. Yet, linguistic diversity is declining. Almost half of the languages spoken today face extinction within the next century if a concerted effort is not made to protect and pass them on to future generations. The disappearance of a language constitutes a monumental loss of scientific information and cultural knowledge. That loss impacts all of us.

The Endangered Languages Project is a collaborative initiative designed to facilitate the documentation and revitalization of at-risk languages around the world. The foundation of the project is a website, http://www.endangeredlanguages.com, which launched in June 2012. Languages included on the website and the information displayed about them are provided by the Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat), which aims to have the most up-to-date and accurate data about the endangered languages of the world.

To know more about The Endangered Languages Project, please visit the working group page

If you wish to join this working group please write to krista@translationcommons.org

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