On a Mission to Save Languages From Extinction

NEW YORK—There are 800 different languages spoken among New York’s 8.5 million residents, and unfortunately, that number may be decreasing. One man is on a mission to make sure the city and the world don’t lose their linguistic diversity. The UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger states that 230 languages have died since [...]

By |2018-11-05T20:43:08+00:00November 5th, 2018|Endangered Languages, Languages, Wikitongues|0 Comments

How Wikitongues is saving world languages from linguicide

“In the next 80 years, 3,000 languages are expected to disappear.” That’s what it says on the homepage of the Wikitongues website. And then it adds: “We won’t let that happen.” Last week, ‘we’ was Daniel Bogre Udell, one of two original founders of Wikitongues, and Kristen Tcherneshoff, its volunteer-in-chief. The frontline of their fight: [...]

By |2018-06-24T13:58:43+00:00June 24th, 2018|Languages, Linguicide, Wikitongues|0 Comments

The Race to Save the World’s Disappearing Languages

On a residential block at the border between Brooklyn and Queens, Gottscheer Hall appears like a mirage from 1945. Blue awnings advertise the space for weddings and events. Inside, an entryway is covered with the saccharin smiles of “Miss Gottschee” contestants from decades past. “Back then you had to know the language to compete,” says [...]

By |2018-04-17T00:08:56+00:00April 17th, 2018|Endangered Languages, Wikitongues|0 Comments

This nonprofit wants to build a tool to share and document all the world’s languages

Like most of his compatriots in Kosovo, 19-year-old Plator Gashi grew up speaking Albanian. As a linguistically curious young man (some might say, a “language nerd”), Gashi discovered the dialect he and his neighbors spoke — which is different from the one used across the border in Albania — was beginning to lose many of [...]