Technology, the Indigenous and the Revitalization of Languages at Risk of Extinction

This paper aims to analyze the use of technology in indigenous environments as an instrument to preserve their culture and language. We also aimed here to display results of a first version of a cataloguing system we have been developing to store words from the Xacriabá language. We think that […]

A Crowd-Sourced Knowledge Management Approach to Language Preservation and Revitalization: the Case of Te Reo Māori

Many linguists claim as many as half of the world’s nearly 7,105 languages spoken today could disappear by the end of this century. When a language becomes extinct, communities lose their cultural identity and practices tied to a language and intellectual wealth. Preservation of endangered languages is critical, but a […]

UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger

This Atlas is the result of an international collaboration of more than thirty linguists from around the world, some of whom had already been involved in the previous two editions. The editor-in-chief is Christopher Moseley, whose works include the Encyclopedia of the World’s Endangered Languages (London: Routledge 2007) and the […]

Glottolog Data Explorer

The aim of this web application is to draw attention to the pressing issue of language endangerment. We hope that the map illustrates the huge number of distinct languages around the world in the present day, and implies that there is much to be lost, socially and culturally, if the […]

The Glottolog Data Explorer: Mapping the world’s languages

We present THE GLOTTOLOG DATA EXPLORER, an interactive web application in which the world’s languages are mapped using a JavaScript library in the ‘Shiny’ framework for R (Chang et al., 2016). The world’s languages and major dialects are mapped using coordinates from the Glottolog database (Hammarström et al., 2016). The […]

Documenting Endangered Languages – NSF Grants

Funding Opportunity Expected Number of Awards: 30 Posted Date: Jun 28, 2016 Closing Date for Applications: Sep 15, 2016 Estimated Total Program Funding: $4,000,000 Description This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning […]

A Yoruba Cultural Tradition Repository Knowledge Based System

In recent years researchers and experts have traditionally focused on how to enhance the look and functionality of how life issues are been tackled with respect to Africa cultural tradition for academic purposes and the development of cultural traditional system. Also, the discrimination between English and Yoruba language in the […]

Ethnologue (18th edition)

Ethnologue 18th edition released on International Mother Language Day In commemoration of International Mother Language Day (February 21), SIL International released the 18th edition of the Ethnologue ( This edition is the result of more than 12,000 individual changes to the Ethnologue database affecting 4,447 of the languages listed.  The […]

Open Source Code for Endangered Languages

This just in from the Indigenous Language and Technology (ILAT) listserv… Richard Littauer writes: “I have been building a document linking any and all open source code I could find that may be useful to indigenous, minority, under resourced, and endangered languages. It has now gotten to the stage where […]

Indigenous language revitalization and new media: Postsecondary students as innovators

This article discusses the significance of Indigenous languages to human diversity and the challenges accompanying language loss posed to Indigenous peoples. The role of Indigenous postsecondary students as change agents is highlighted, and gaps are examined in current revitalization efforts where young postsecondary students are largely unrecognized. The need for […]