Smartphones a tool to preserve PNG's diverse languages | Pacific Beat

Smartphones a tool to preserve PNG's diverse languages

Smartphones a tool to preserve PNG's diverse languages

Updated 13 March 2014, 11:21 AEDT

A group of academics are working to prevent mass extinctions around the world.

But it's not plants or animals at risk - they're trying to save dying languages.

It's estimated that somewhere between 50 to 90 per cent of the world's languages could disappear by the end of this century.

And the race is on to record them before they're lost forever, with the help of nothing more than a smartphone.

Reporter: Thom Cookes

Speakers: Professor Stephen Bird, University of Melbourne; Lauren Warne, linguist, University of Melbourne

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