Google has launched a new website dedicated to preserving endangered languages.
The Endangered Languages project features videos and an interactive map; people can click on dots on the map to reveal an endangered language. Google is hoping the project will bring together a number of independent projects worldwide to more effectively confront language endangerment.
“Documenting the 3,000+ languages that are on the verge of extinction is an important step in preserving cultural diversity,” write project managers Clara Rivera Rodriguez and Jason Rissman. Experts estimate that by the year 2100, only 50% of the languages alive today will still be spoken.
Watch the project video here.