Google is engaged not only in the development of the search engine of the same name, but also in other Internet projects. In particular, in 2012, a special portal was opened dedicated to rare and endangered languages.
In the 20th century, a tendency towards a reduction in the number of languages was clearly manifested. This was the result of globalization and the increasingly active migration of the population. Out of about 7000 languages existing in the world, 2000 are endangered. Some languages have less than 100 speakers.
Due to the risk of extinction of many of the world's languages, Google has created a special portal called Endangered Languages. With its help, you can save information about rare languages using the capabilities of the Internet. The site can be used by both linguists and people who are interested in the world's linguistic diversity.
For clarity, a language map of the world is placed on one of the pages of the resource. On it you can see where the habitats of people speaking rare dialects are located. Also, depending on the color code, you can find out how many people still use a rare language in everyday life.
For each endangered language, it is planned to create its own page within the resource. It will indicate not only the number of those who speak the adverb, but also the belonging of the language to a particular linguistic group, as well as information about the presence of writing and the specifics of grammar. Videos with native speakers should become a unique element of the project. Thus, it is planned to preserve information about the specifics of phonetics and pronunciation in various languages. A person living on the other side of the world will be able to hear the sound of the dialects of the peoples of Africa, the Caucasus or Australia.
The site, developed by Google, should become not only a source of information, but also a reminder that over time the linguistic wealth of the Earth is decreasing, and that it is necessary to support small peoples and languages in order to preserve the world's cultural wealth.