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Google Collecting Endangered Languages Before They Go Extinct

The internet is all about communication, but unfortunately, it’s putting a lot of languages at risk of extinction by promoting more commonly spoken languages. It’s sad that we’re losing that culture. Google’s stepping up to make sure they’re not lost from the face of the earth altogether.

The Endangered Languages Project is a new hub that will provide comprehensive information and updates about the 3000 languages that are on the verge of extinction. Working with non-profits and research institutions, the project will compile manuscripts, audio, video and other materials that show the languages in action. There will also be links to articles and interactive tools like the map you see in the screen grab above. Languages come and go — it’s part of history — but that doesn’t mean they’ve got to be forgotten. [Endangered Languages Project via Google via Engadget]