Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Languages in Danger Google Map

UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger

Did you know that there are 192 endangered or dead languages in the United States? That figure includes Coushatta, which is spoken by 350 members of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. It also includes Paviotso, which is spoken by 400 people in Oregon, Nevada, California and Idaho.

This UNESCO Google Map mashup highlights the endangered languages listed in the 2009 edition of UNESCO’s Atlas. It is possible to browse for the world's endangered languages on the map via a search box or by zooming into individual countries on the map.

The languages are shown on the map by coloured markers. The map markers reflect the level of danger to the language. Black markers indicate languages that are already dead, red markers those that are critically endangered etc...

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