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“Many of the world’s 7,000 languages are in danger of disappearing; according to the United Nations 2,680 Indigenous languages are at risk.”
Google Earth is tackling this problem by using technology. Thousands of indigenous speakers have had their native tongues recorded and is now widely available to listen to thanks to Google. To date, the efforts have accumulated up to 55 endangered languages.
“No culture has a monopoly on human genius, and we never know where the next brilliant idea may come from,” David Harrison says, chair of the linguistics department at Swarthmore College. “We lose ancient knowledge if we lose languages.”
It is important to raise awareness of language preservation. When we stop practicing languages, we lose more than just words. We lose culture. We lose values. We lose identity.