Disappearing Languages: Enduring Voices -  Documenting the planet's endangered languages


The following Web sites showcase efforts to revitalize indigenous languages:

Southern Africa

Western Africa


Taiwan and the Philippines

Eastern Siberia and Alaska

Eastern India and Malaysia

Worldwide Projects

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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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Enduring Voices Project teams go to some of the world's most remote and beautiful places to study and preserve endangered languages. See photos and videos of their work.

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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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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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