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Why it is important to save data on endangered languages

Laura Welcher

All over the world linguists go to some of the most remote places in order to document languages that are yet undocumented, sometimes spending years with the speech communities. Many of these languages have only a small number of speakers left. ‘Why would you want to spend years writing a dictionary or grammar of a language with just a few hundred speakers just to let it gather dust in the library?’ you might ask...

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