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:: linux of linguistics

Fifty to ninety percent of the world's languages are predicted to disappear in the next century, many with little or no significant documentation. As part of the effort to secure this critical legacy of linguistic diversity, The Long Now Foundation is creating a broad online survey and near permanent physical archive of 1,000 of the approximately 7,000 languages on the planet.

The project are creating this broad language archive through an open contribution, peer review model similar to the strategy that created the original Oxford English Dictionary. Their goal is an open source "Linux of Linguistics"- an effort of collaborative online scholarship drawing on the expertise and contributions of thousands of academic specialists and native speakers around the world.

In the end, they hope the process of creating a new global Rosetta, as well as the imaginative power of having a 1,000 language archive on a single, aesthetically suggestive object, will help draw attention to the tragedy of language extinction as well as speed the work to preserve what we have left of this critical manifestation of the human intellect. >from *Rosetta Project site*

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