Global Language Heritage
Every 2 weeks, a language dies.
The language extinction is an immediate and alarming issue at world level. In the age of the Anthropocene, language extinction is happening faster than species extinction. Various efforts to save endangered languages can be seen at different levels. However, looking at the pace of language extinction, the efforts are insufficient to preserve even a tiny fraction of those languages facing immediate peril. ‘Global Language Heritage’ project is a mission to safeguard linguistic diversity with ‘Language Preservation and Promotion’ at collaborative and collective level with the technological approach.
The language is an asset of valuable scientific, cultural information, knowledge, history and beliefs. When a language is gone, the culture of a civilization is lost to the world. Every 2 weeks, a language dies. Over half of the approximately 7,000 languages spoken on the planet may disappear by the end of the century. Once the last speaker dies, so does the language. And for an oral culture, preserving language becomes even more important for maintaining the identity and heritage of a community. In earlier days, it was difficult to preserve languages heritage. But today we are gifted by technology. ‘Global Language Heritage’ is a mission to preserve native languages and dialects through Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
KHANDBAHALE.COM with linguists and volunteers are busy documenting language and dialects information with audio, video and text samples. This includes rare idioms, phrases, synonyms, antonyms, definitions etc. We are doing every possible to contribute with our technical skill sets in synergy with concerned institutions by not only documenting languages but delivering information in exchangeable formats on various platform. We are now in process of converting collected information into universally accepted data formats such as Unicode and mp3.
Over a decade, we have documented around 2 million words in 11 languages under different domains. We have recorded around 2.5 hundred thousand words in audio format. Over 10 million transactions are recorded every month to know and learn this documented knowledge for study and research purpose via www.khandbahale.com products and services on computer, web, mobile phones and tablets.
– To identify and document vanishing languages/dialects by recording them in audio and video format. This includes recording events, personal interviews, filming documentary movies etc.
– To convert collected information into exchangeable formats.
– To create language resource and develop a platform to share information for education and research purpose.
By 2020, Global smartphone users to cross 6 billion level, 90% of the world population will have access to the Internet with 4G/5G speed including rural areas. Considering the impact of technological revolution worldwide, ‘Global Language Heritage’ project can credibly contribute for ‘Language Preservation and Promotion’ through Information and Communication Technology (ICT).