There are currently 2680 indigenous languages at risk of extinction: this is why the United Nations declared 2019 to be the International Year of Indigenous Languages (#IYIL2019).
A few months ago, in an article from the STUDIOTRE blog (http://bit.ly/lingue-indigene-IYIL2019), we already addressed this issue which is particularly close to our hearts because every language preserves a people’s identity, culture, history, traditions and memory.
According to experts at UNESCO, the criteria which determine when a language is endangered are:
The good news is that – thanks to an idea by several researchers at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) – a project has been set up to save local languages.
What is it? Stimmen fan Fryslân (translated: “Voices of Friesland”) is an app which lets users record expressions in Frisian (a Germanic language spoken in the southern coastal areas of the North Sea in the Netherlands and Germany), creating a real database that now has over 46,000 words and phrases.
Inspired by the Dutch, Australian researchers at Macquarie University created Coo-ee (which means “Come here” in Aboriginal), another app whose goal is to collect as much information as possible on indigenous Australian culture and language.
Alongside these two apps, other initiatives have been set up online with the goal of preserving local languages:
If you know of any other projects created to save languages and dialects at risk of extinction, then send us an email (email@example.com) or write on our Facebook page (http://bit.ly/STUDIOTRE-Facebook).
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