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Monday, February 23, 2009

The Endangered Language Report

Last week Design 21 announced the winners of the “Languages Matters” competition that was launched by Felissimo, in collaboration with UNESCO, to recognize International Mother Language Day, which fell on February 21st, 2009.

The initiative was put forth to raise awareness among designers and to incite them to spread the word about the crucial role of languages as resource and heritage to be safeguarded, as well as linguistic diversity which reflects human diversity.

UNESCO has also launched its latest edition of an interactive map of ‘World’s Languages in Danger.’ In all, there are roughly 6,000 world languages — according to the map, 2,500 languages are endangered and 200 are virtually lost. You can access the interactive map for more details right here.

Here is a TEDTalk with Wade Davis on endangered languages that is worth seeing:

via TED:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:01 am  


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