Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Jun 2012 11:17 UTC
Google While I sometimes see Dutch as an endangered language, reality is that with nearly 30 million speakers worldwide, we're actually doing pretty well. Sadly, this can't be said for the 3000 truly endangered languages of the world - nearly half of the world's total number of languages is on the verge of extinction, and with it, large amounts of human culture are in danger of disappearing forever. In collaboration with several universities and language institutions, Google has launched the Endangered Languages Project to document these languages - textually, visually, and auditorially.
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Huh?
by dylansmrjones on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 03:16 UTC
dylansmrjones
Member since:
2005-10-02

What's so humbling about Icelandic gramma? *scratches my leftover hair*

EDIT: Great initiative btw. Too many languages out there with <1000 speakers. If they cannot be kept alive, they should at the least be documented.

Edited 2012-06-22 03:17 UTC

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RE: Huh?
by jal_ on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 07:08 in reply to "Huh?"
jal_ Member since:
2006-11-02

What's so humbling about Icelandic grammar?


It's quite arcane.

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RE[2]: Huh?
by dylansmrjones on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 07:49 in reply to "RE: Huh?"
dylansmrjones Member since:
2005-10-02

Probably. I find it rather straight forward. There's a couple of odd vowel shifts, but quite logical gramma. The similarities in inflection between male gender and female gender, combined with the lack of syllable-final double consonants in Danish explains why we have conflated the two genders in Standard Danish (dialects are a different matter; my childhood dialect is somewhere being Swedish and Icelandic).

You should try with one of the Celtic languages ;)

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RE[2]: Huh?
by Radio on Fri 22nd Jun 2012 12:30 in reply to "RE: Huh?"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Finnish and Hungarian are reaaaaally tough.

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