March 21, 2009
Endangered Languages: Lost Knowledge and the Future
Long Now held a very interesting "endangered languages, lost knowledge and the future" event last night at San Francisco's Fort Mason.
As part of this, Long Now's Rosetta Project website relaunched. As Stewart alerts me, "one reason to document in one place all the world's languages is also a motivation behind Everett's presentation: Fifty to ninety percent of the world's languages are predicted to disappear in the next century, many with little or no significant documentation."
The next SALT talks in San Francisco are: April 8 (Wednesday)- Mayor Gavin Newsom, "Cities and Time" May 5 (Tuesday) - Michael Pollan, "Deep Agriculture"
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I totally agree that when we lose one of these cultures, part of the knowledge we have has human beings vanishes too. It is our loss.
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Posted by: Mark | Mar 23, 2009 6:27:46 PM