Saving the World’s Languages

Huli Wigmen

Huli Wigmen in Papua New Guinea; Photograph by Chris Rainier, Click on image for more information

According to the National Geographic, “Every 14 days a language dies. By 2100, more than half of the 7,000 (10+04) languages spoken on Earth—many of them not yet recorded—may disappear, taking with them a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, the natural environment, and the human brain.”  How can we attribute a specific Power of Ten to such a loss?

The National Geographic’s Enduring Voices Project (conducted in collaboration with the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages), seeks to preserve endangered languages.  Click here to read the National Geographic article.  You’ll learn about the travels of the Enduring Voices team, and the group’s efforts to identify and document “the most unique, poorly understood, or threatened indigenous languages” across the globe.

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