Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World
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Can Silicon Valley Save Our Endangered Languages?

Can Silicon Valley Save Our Endangered Languages? | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
Are technology companies actually helping to save endangered languages?
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Cherokee had no native speakers under the age of 40. Today, the North American language has a speaker base of around 16,000 people. Gmail alsosupports the Native American tribal language Cherokee. Evidence of the effectiveness of technology in being the main factor pushing for the perservation of languages that are not prominent in the world. 

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Endangered Language Technology Kits

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Fundraiser for recording equipment and computers for 8 indigenous language activists in India, Papua New Guinea, Chile and Peru.
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Most endangered languages are from regions in the world that are remote and lack access to technology. Great initiative to get locals involved in the initiative to start saving languages by helping those in need of one way to do that. 

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Most European languages in danger of digital extinction, study finds

Most European languages in danger of digital extinction, study finds | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
More than 20 European languages face digital extinction because of a lack of technological support, a study by Europe's leading language technology experts has found.
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Highlights the important role technology plays in creating a dominant language or be the cause of extinction of a language. Although initially my the question I posed pondered on whether technology can play a role in saving a language, in some sence, this artcile somewhat answers the question. Greek for example as mentioned in the article is not considered a language close to extinction but if technology does not support and integrate the language in its use, it will eventually fade out. 

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/06/a-lifeline-for-endangered-languages.html

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babbel.com

Babbel is the new way to learn a foreign language. The comprehensive learning system combines effective education methods with state-of-the-art technology.
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Came across this app several times being advertised on my facebook home page. I thought I give it a browse and see what is so special about this one particular site. Very interactive and highly promoted app to learn a language asynchronously. This app is probably appropriate for intermediate learners who want to further improve their pronunciation and writing skills in the language of their preference in which there is a list for. 

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3 Endangered Languages Preserved on YouTube (Video Slideshow)

3 Endangered Languages Preserved on YouTube (Video Slideshow) | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
Researchers are using digital tools such as YouTube, Facebook and texting to save some of the world's endangered languages
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Aboriginal community in South Australia reclaim lost language

Aboriginal community in South Australia reclaim lost language | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
The Barngarla language hasn't been spoken for 50 years, but that's not enough to stop the Barngarla people from learning their traditional tongue.
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A movement in language revitalization with the use of digital tools to spread the word, create interactive forms of learning, and the motivation to maintain learning without the worry of losing the language and it's traces forever. 

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Digital tools for languages teaching

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Kristyn Paul is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.
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cool initiative using pinterest! Thought I share. 

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Endangered Languages Project: Google Wants To Save 3,000 Languages Under Threat (Thanks Partly To Google) | TechCrunch

Endangered Languages Project: Google Wants To Save 3,000 Languages Under Threat (Thanks Partly To Google) | TechCrunch | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
Google, along with other major forces of our dot-com times, has played a huge part in making English the lingua franca of the Internet, but today brings news..
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I consider it as a great Google's  idea for saving the endangered languages around the world. Also, it is important to revitalized endangered language due to the fact that they help to the maintenace of the culture, traditions, and more. It is important that more projects like this start to born to keep save other languages and to give them the importance that it requires. 
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nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) News - NEH and NSF Award $4.5 Million to Preserve Languages Threatened With Extinction - US National Science Foundation (NSF)

nsf.gov - National Science Foundation (NSF) News - NEH and NSF Award $4.5 Million to Preserve Languages Threatened With Extinction - US National Science Foundation (NSF) | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
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One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage

One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
Highlighting a selection of the world's endangered languages.
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Love the visuals, map, and audio connecting you to the language. Creates an interest in the viewer to continue their search on a languge(s) to pursue further information on. As discussed in various academic articles, visual and audio aid is much more effective in creating an eagerness to learn and absorb what is being presented.  

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Endangered Languages Project

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The Endangered Languages Project is a collaborative online platform for sharing knowledge and resources for endangered languages. Join this global effort to conserve linguistic diversity.
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Learn, connect, engage, and act. An informative site but lacking academic insight and content. 

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Resources for Saving Endangered Languages

Places to look to join the cause
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First Person: Save a Language, Save a Culture

First Person: Save a Language, Save a Culture | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
A Vermont wood carver and a Bangladeshi educator team up to save indigenous languages.
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Not directly related to oral languages, but makes an important statement about the importance of preserving text and not just the oral language. Article gives insight into the causes of endangering a language; military, political, economic and cultural domination, as well as the inability of the government to protect the rights of those in a vulnerable state, and the lack of awareness of these communities in the world. 

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UD grad student helps save endangered language

UD grad student helps save endangered language | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
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Although preserving a language and recording it to create an app or an online course to ensure it is passed on, is one aspect of saving a language for future generations. But, in order to capture the true meaning and essence of a language, you cannot forget about the cultural aspect. Not being exposed or aware of how a certain word or sentence connects to the culture of the language can distort the language itself. 

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Apple Siri, Google Voice could help save the world's languages | ZDNet

Apple Siri, Google Voice could help save the world's languages | ZDNet | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
80% of all web communication is in ten languages, yet 95% of humanity speaks roughly 300 languages.
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The information provided in this article made me understand how the current situation of dominant languages negatively affecting older dying languages can change. Yes, an app or classroom to conduct a lesson of the endangered language is effective but the article mentions how most digitial devices are programmed only in a few dominant languages like english, french, german, spanish and chinese. Or even the paper instructions for a tv or a new dining room table is only provided instructions in only a few languages. Why not program digitial tools such as the iphone to also represent endangered languages. Apart from being exposed to it only when you want to, this way you are always exposed to it. 

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How social media help save an endangered language

How social media help save an endangered language | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
There was a time when everyone living in Michigan grew up speaking the native language of the area's indigenous people.
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Academic insitutions utilizing social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter to combine the issue of language aquisition, linguistics, and connecting with the language. 

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Native Language Source Code for our iPhone, iPad, Touch App | Ogoki Learning Systems

Native Language Source Code for our iPhone, iPad, Touch App | Ogoki Learning Systems | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
We are giving our App code away for free! Would you like your own Aboriginal language app for the iPad, iPhone or Touch? Your language app can look like
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First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language « Twin Cities Public Television

First Speakers: Restoring the Ojibwe Language « Twin Cities Public Television | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
A language is lost every fourteen days. One of those endangered tongues is Minnesota's own Ojibwe language. Now a new generation of Ojibwe scholars and educators are racing against time to save the language.
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A language threatened by the social, economic, and political forces around it has found a solution: technology! 

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Manitoba/ID/2407876338/

This video will present an outlook on how digital tools such as your phone or the ipad. The great thing with technology is the ability to pass it on to other places around the world as far away as Australia. 

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Digital tools 'to save languages'

Digital tools 'to save languages' | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
Facebook, YouTube and even texting will be the salvation of many of the world's endangered languages, scientists believe.
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Social media, mobile devices, and the internet  seen as the saviours of endangered languages and a connecting communities from these languages. For example. Tuvan is a languages spoken by only 4100 people who emigrated to a small part of China. 

http://globalrecordings.net/en/langcode/tyv

The use of a mobile app to students learning the language has helped them improve pronunciation. 

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Enduring Voices Project, Endangered Languages, Map, Facts, Photos, Videos -- National Geographic

Enduring Voices Project, Endangered Languages, Map, Facts, Photos, Videos -- National Geographic | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
Learn about National Geographic's Enduring Voices Project, working to document endangered languages. Get language facts, photos, map, and more.
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An initiative by the National Geographic embarking on a trip through out parts of the world trying to support local communities to perserve their languages through the use of technology kits.http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/enduring-voices/santa-fe-workshop/

An indepth description on their first project. What helps with using technology is the training provided. 

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How to Help an Endangered Language

How to Help an Endangered Language | Can Technology Save The Endangered Languages Of The World | Scoop.it
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BARBARA KLEIN: Welcome to THIS IS AMERICA in VOA Special English. I’m Barbara Klein.
BOB DOUGHTY: And I’m Bob Doughty. This week on our program, we look a...
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A creative initiative to saving a native language. 

http://siletz.swarthmore.edu/ ;

The use of various components of learning a second language, such as visual aids, audio, and text, as discussed in McQuillan's article of iPod in Education. The dictionary of the language utilizes the three components of learning in order to increase acquisition. 

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ILR-13.pdf

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An insightful article discussing the aquisition of indigenous Hawain language. The article makes an important point pertaining to a lack of concrete evidence suggesting that the authenticity and survival of a language can be saved through the use of technology. However, the younger generation who are unfamiliar with indigenous and ancient languages, are the target group to expose and teach the indigenous language in order to ensure survival. Technology is one main tool that the younger generation is familiar and interested, thus e-learning of languages is most effective option, for now? 

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