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The process of language endangerment, or the gradual abandonment of one language in favor of another, is going on at an alarming pace around the world. Every two weeks the last fluent speaker of a language passes on and with him/her goes literally hundreds of generations of traditional knowledge encoded in these ancestral tongues.
 
 
MAKE TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS TO LIVING TONGUES INSTITUTE - Your 100% tax deductible contribution can help us preserve valuable information for future generations in the specialized knowledge contained in endangered languages. Please consider Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, when planning your charitable giving. We rely solely on the generosity of donors and grants to fund our field expeditions, publications, and assistance to indigenous communities struggling for cultural survival.
 
 

 
 

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Volunteering with Living Tongues

Thank you for visiting our volunteer page. We are happy to see that you are interested in helping us document endangered languages. At the current time, we are not looking for any volunteers to go on expeditions with us, although we appreciate your interest in that aspect of our work. Our fieldwork schedule is already set for 2012 - 2013, and we will post any related opportunities on our social media if we are looking for help.

Most of activities that we need help with involve advancing our online language database and doing related online research tasks. Unfortunately, although we had hoped that we could accept more volunteer researchers and we had previously announced that we would accept more people in August 2012, we are unable to welcome any more volunteers until 2013 for the following reasons:

1) We currently have a group of over dedicated 50 online volunteers already working with us, and we have one person on staff to coordinate and supervise their activities. This is because we have a very small team and limited operations budget. The current volunteers are in the middle of doing their online research tasks and we are choosing not to transfer their tasks to a new group of people at this time because we would like the same group of people to continue working on the database until the end of the year.

2) Our language database is going through many revisions and additions and we have a long list of technical tasks to manage with regards to the development of the database. Our resources are spread rather thin at the moment and we need to focus on improving the current version of the database before bringing in new people to work on it. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

But do not fret, there are other ways to help! You can join our Living Tongues Facebook Page and help us raise awareness about endangered languages online, by sharing our daily news and inviting others to join our page and learn about the global phenomenon of language extinction. Also, you can make a donation via our Adopt-a-language program, below. This would help our sustain our documentation projects around the world.

By raising more funds, we hope to expand our programs in the future so that we can have more resources that will enable us to collaborate with more people. If you know of any sponsors who would be interested in supporting our work, or donors who are looking for this kind of cause to donate to, please do not hesitate to contact us via our "Email Living Tongues" button on the left-hand side bar, with "Sponsor for Living Tongues" in the subject line of your email.

Thank you again for your interest in becoming a volunteer. We appreciate your support and and enthusiasm, and we look forward to being in contact with you at a later date.

The Living Tongues team

 

 

              

All human languages are tools of creativity and webs of knowledge. Every two weeks, the last fluent speaker of an endangered language passes on. In this critical time, help us document and maintain these languages so that future generations may speak them.

Living Tongues has many ongoing documentation projects currently taking place around the world. We need your help to sustain these projects. Our mission is to record vanishing languages as well as create state-of-the-art digital audio-visual materials in collaboration with speakers of endangered language.

The languages we are currently focusing on are listed below. In choosing a language to support, you are helping linguists and language activists document, conserve and maintain a language. You are also helping future generations gain access to printed materials or online resources produced in their own language.

Your generous donation will go towards:

Multi-media educational materials such as videos and talking dictionaries,

  Digital databases containing maps, recordings of oral history and endangered knowledge systems,

  Scientific reference grammars,

  Traditional pedagogical materials such as ABC books, children’s readers and translated texts,

   Informational videos and booklets,

  Fieldtrips for linguists to work with local language activists,

  Language Technology Kits for endangered language speakers.

Greater South Asia - Arunachal Pradesh in NE India
Adopt the Koro Aka Language

Greater South Asia - Munda
Adopt the Remo Language

Greater South Asia - Munda
Adopt the Gta (Didey) Language

Central Siberia
Adopt the Chulym Language

Central Siberia
Adopt the Tofa Language

Eastern Melanesia - Papua New Guinea
Adopt the Matukar Panau Language

Eastern Melanesia - Papua New Guinea
Adopt the Yokoim Language

Eastern Melanesia
Adopt the Panim Language

Southern South America Language Hotspot
Adopt the Yshyr Chamacoco Language

 


Your 100% tax deductible contribution can help us preserve valuable information for future generations in the specialized knowledge contained in endangered languages. Please consider Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, when planning your charitable giving. We rely solely on the generosity of donors and grants to fund our field expeditions, publications, and assistance to indigenous communities struggling for cultural survival.

 
 
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