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Where Do Languages Come From?     View
This Merritt Ruhlen essay explores the origins of languages throughout the world. Contains information on language families, theories of interaction and borrowing, Sir William Jones, and why the original African language "is considered to be the ...

Enduring Voices: Saving Disappearing Languages     View
"Every 14 days a language dies. By 2100, more than half of the more than 7,000 languages spoken on Earth ... will likely disappear." This goal of this project "is to document endangered languages and prevent language extinction. ...

Esperanto.Net     View
A directory of essays and articles, links to courses in learning the language, and international organizations. Accessible in nearly fifty languages. Articles and essays include historical and introductory information, manifestos, and even psychologi ...

UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger     View
This atlas "is intended to raise awareness about language endangerment and the need to safeguard the world's linguistic diversity." The 2009 edition "lists about 2,500 languages (among which 230 languages extinct since 1950)." The ...

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages     View
This is "the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 7,000 foreign language educato ...

The Maya Site     View
A "searchable database ... constructed from materials published in John Dienhart's 3-volume work, 'The Mayan Languages: A Comparative Vocabulary' (Odense University Press, 1989)." Contains more than 40,000 entries for 31 Mayan languages. Se ...

Evolution of Languages     View
"We don't ask ourselves where languages come from because they just seem to be there: French in France, English in England, Chinese in China, Japanese in Japan, and so forth. Yet if we go back only a few thousand years, none of these languages were s ...

The Modern Language Association Language Map: A Map of Languages in the United States     View
The Modern Language Association (MLA) "Language Map uses data from the 2000 United States census to display the locations and numbers of speakers of thirty languages and seven groups of less commonly spoken languages." The site features map ...

Jewish Language Research Website     View
A clearinghouse on Jewish linguistics for scholars and others interested in languages created by or adapted locally by Jews, such as Judeo-Spanish, Judeo-French, or Judeo-Iranian, as well as the better-known Yiddish. Provides articles (some accompani ...

TravLang: Foreign Languages for Travelers     View
A great tool for learning some basic words and phrases before you travel. Over seventy languages - including Esperanto - are covered, and many pages include sound files.




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