18 Feb '12, 2am

Digital technologies reversing extinction of languages (via ST iPhone App)

Digital technologies reversing extinction of languages (via ST iPhone App)

Visitors walk past an advertisement billboard for mobile phones at a telecom trade show in Taipei on Feb 10, 2012. Digital technologies are the new life-savers for languages on the verge of extinction, linguists said on Friday as they announced eight new dictionaries at a major science conference in Vancouver. -- PHOTO: AFP VANCOUVER (AFP) - Digital technologies are the new life-savers for languages on the verge of extinction, linguists said on Friday as they announced eight new dictionaries at a major science conference in Vancouver. 'We're turning the digital divide into a digital opportunity,' said Dr David Harrison, a National Geographic Fellow at Swarthmore College near Philadelphia. More than half of some 7,000 languages alive today were considered on the verge of extinction within a century, 'threatened by cultural changes, ethnic shame, government repression and ot...

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