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Welcome to the Center for Language Diversity

The 20th century has seen a historically unparalleled extinction of minority cultures and languages. Unfortunately it was not until this extinction that linguists and anthropologists, thinking of the future of humanity realized that this disappearance is an irreversible loss. In the same way the existence of diversity of life is essential to the protection and maintenance of our environment, the diversity of culture helps us to understand and maintain our very existence on this planet. In other words, the concept of Language, held only by our species is not just a tool, but the collection of thousands of years of knowledge and wisdom collected by each and every speech community, each language acting as a treasure chest in which the culture of each nation is held. Regardless of the danger in which the future of mankind is placed, the solution is contained within the experiences of all humanity. Language allows a person to retain their identity, their right to a lifetime of education received through their mother tongue. To lose this knowledge is unacceptable. This is why languages must be preserved.

Though the idea of preservation around in the second half of the 20th century, it was not until the start of the 21st century that universities, research institutions and NGOs started to make a serious effort to preserve endangered languages. The culture and various aspects of a language on the verge of extinction can be documented and preserved in audio and video materials. These materials may later be used to gain social and government support for said language, which may at some point be revived.

Through these lofty goals, we intend to gain a better understanding of language diversity, and participate actively on the global stage.

 

 
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