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Photo: Greg Anderson interviews speakers of Koro language

Video: New Language Identified in Remote Corner of India

A language previously unknown to linguists, and spoken by about 800 people has been documented in the mountains of northeast India. Researchers with National Geographic’s Enduring Voices project recorded the Koro language for the first time.

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Photo: Nick Waukey in Papua New Guinea

Photo Gallery: Papua New Guinea, July-August 2009

See photos of the Enduring Voices team's expedition to Papua New Guinea and view speakers and words of the Foe, Yokoim, Wamut, Karim (Yimas), Panau, and Huli languages.

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Photo: Kafote (Crispulo Martinez) of the Ybytoso Ishir, Puerto Diana, Paraguay

Photo Gallery: Paraguay, May 2009

See photos of the Enduring Voices team's expedition to Paraguay and view different words translated into the Maka, Ibytoso Ishir, and Toba-Qom languages.

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Slide Show: India 2008

See photos from the Enduring Voices team's expedition to India in November 2008 and view different words translated into the Aka, Monpa, Nishi, and Sherdukpen languages.

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Photo: The Enduring Voices team in Hong Village, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Audio Slide Show: About Enduring Voices

Indigenous languages are disappearing at an alarming rate, taking with them eons of cultural, ecological, and historical knowledge. See how the Enduring Voices Project is making a difference.

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Photo: David Harrison and Greg Anderson with Charlie Mangulda

Expedition Video

The Enduring Voices Project travels to some of the most remote parts of the world to study Earth's many endangered languages. See a team of intrepid researchers in action in this video of expeditions to Northern Australia and Northeastern India.

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David Harrison at Pop!Tech 2008

More than 3,500 of Earth's 7,000 languages are in danger of extinction. Linguist K. David Harrison discussed the ongoing effort to document and preserve these threatened languages at the 2008 Pop!Tech conference in Camden, Maine.

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The Enduring Voices Project represents a partnership between National Geographic Mission Programs and the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages.

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Photo: David Harrison and Greg Anderson with Charlie Mangulda

Expeditions

Each year the Enduring Voices Project sends teams to language hotspots around the globe to interview speakers and document vanishing cultures and languages. Read about some of their latest expeditions.

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Language Hotspots

Do you know which parts of the world have the most languages in danger of extinction? Find out in this interactive map.

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Photo: The Enduring Voices team in Hong Village, Arunachal Pradesh, India

About the Enduring Voices Project

The Enduring Voices Project strives to preserve endangered languages by identifying language hotspots and documenting the languages and cultures within them.

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David Harrison with Kallawaya Healers Antonio Condori and Illarion Ramos Condori, Chary, Bolivia.

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The Last Speakers

Part travelogue and part scientist’s notebook, The Last Speakers is the poignant chronicle of K. David Harrison’s expeditions around the world to meet with last speakers of vanishing languages.

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The Linguists

Ironbound Films' Sundance hit follows David and Gregory racing to document languages on the verge of extinction.

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