A different tongue dies approximately every 2 weeks.
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With a large enough dataset, all a language really needs is a community of motivated users in order to stay alive -- or even to come back from the dead.
There is something about seeing an endangered script carved into an 18"x10" piece of wood that hits a person deeply.
Although they might not know the name of these Native people, many Americans celebrate the Wampanoag each year at Thanksgiving. But very few are aware that the group's descendants still live on their ancestral homelands.
With the help of modern technology, it is truly possible for all mother tongues to not only belong to their rightful communities, but to be enjoyed by all of us.
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