Saturday, September 22, 2007

the world's endangered languages

Every 14 days a language dies. By 2100, more than half of the more than 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear, taking with them a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, the natural environment, and how the human brain works.

National Geographic's Enduring Voices Project strives to preserve endangered languages by identifying language hotspots - the places on our planet with the most unique, poorly understood, or threatened indigenous languages - and documenting the languages and cultures within them.

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