Linguists expect that around 3,000 out of world’s 7,000 languages will become extinct in the nest hundred years. Google has partnered with the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity and launched the new Endangered Language Project website to combat this problem.
Clara Rivera Rodriguez and Jason Rissman, Project Managers for the Endangered Languages Project, wrote the following on the Google Blog:
“Today we’re introducing something we hope will help: the Endangered Languages Project, a website for people to find and share the most up-to-date and comprehensive information about endangered languages. Documenting the 3,000+ languages that are on the verge of extinction (about half of all the languages in the world) is an important step in preserving cultural diversity, honoring the knowledge of our elders, and empowering our youth.”
The website provides users with an interactive map that visually depicts languages that are highly endangered.
The languages are represented by green (at risk), orange (endangered), or red (severely endangered) colored dots located on the map.