The Internet: A lifeboat for endangered languages?
Published 30 November 2011 – Updated 05 December 2011
Although the English language continues to dominate the Internet, the
rise of global economic powerhouses like China and Russia has seen a
surge in what used to be considered second-tier languages, a Brussels
conference heard last week. Meanwhile, the UN predicts that half of
the world’s 6,000 languages will become extinct by the end of the
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Early in November the WFD met in Ål, Norway. Their topic this year was “Sign Languages as Endangered Languages”. The conference pulled from many different professions (academics, language policy experts, representatives from deaf associations, and deaf community members) and brought to light many issues that affect sign languages worldwide. The link below will take you to their page where they have posted both a written and a signed summary.
View the summary here
Here are some links to two articles from prominent magazines that featured some of the work from our project.
Indian Country Today
National Science Foundation’s Science Nation