Anyone can contribute to this dictionary of the world’s dying languages

Scientists estimate that at least 3,000 of the 6,900 languages currently spoken around the world will be lost by the end of this century.

There are many academic efforts to reverse this linguistic erosion, from National Geographic’s Enduring Voices Project to the National Science Foundation-backed Rosetta Project, but the scale of the task also demands a grassroots effort. So volunteer organization Wikitongues, which collects oral histories, is answering this call by creating a crowd-sourced dictionary app: Native speakers will soon be able to use it to preserve their languages simply by recording words, phrases, and videos on their phones.

Read more: Quartz

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