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Monday, 1 November 2010

Endangered Languages to Endure on YouTube

A profoundly important use for cloud computing - YouTube as cultural preservation...

Many of the world's smallest and most endangered languages have no written form and have never been recorded or scientifically documented. The National Geographic Enduring Voices YouTube channel has launched and allows many of these tongues to have a presence on the Internet for the very first time. Linguists Dr. K. David Harrison and Dr. Gregory Anderson from the Living Tongues Institute have teamed up with Google.org to allow small and endangered languages that may have never been heard outside of a remote village to reach a global audience. Using YouTube as a platform, researchers, academics and communities can now collaborate more effectively on promoting language revitalization.

The YouTube channel features videos such as hip-hop performed by Songe Nimasow in the Aka language of India, songs by Aydyng Byrtan-ool, a talented young Tuvan singer and epic storyteller in Southern Siberia, and videos demonstrating how the Foe language of Papua New Guinea uses body parts to count from 1 to 37.

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