Computing gives us tools to preserve disappearing languages

In 100 years, many of the world’s 7,000 languages could be extinct. Hundreds of years of oral storytelling will disappear in the space of a couple of generations.

The knowledge and beauty locked up in these languages is irreplaceable. It goes beyond useful dot points about seasons and cultivation and local medicines to untranslatable words and to an entire cosmology. Every language is a multi-generational creative act.

But the sounds, words and stories of all these languages are being captured online, for example on community websites and on YouTube.

Read more: EconoTimes

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