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Leading Language-Learning Company Joins Alliance for Linguistic Diversity
Transparent Language contributes learning material in support of the Endangered Languages Project powered by Google.
Nashua, N.H., June 21, 2012 - Transparent Language, Inc., a leading provider of language-learning technology for government, education, corporations, libraries, and consumers, has joined the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity in support of the Endangered Languages Project. The Endangered Languages Project is a website for people to find and share the most up-to-date and comprehensive information about endangered languages. It gives those interested in preserving the history of language a place to store and access research, to share advice, and to build collaborations.
As part of its contributions to the Endangered Languages Project, Transparent Language, together with Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia, has produced a series of instructional videos for the Ojibwe language. The company has also contributed learning materials for Irish, Tajiki, and Scottish Gaelic languages. Transparent Language plans to contribute more linguistic materials and technology to aid the documentation, preservation, and instruction of endangered languages.
Transparent Language has actively supported language preservation projects through its Heritage and Endangered Language Preservation (HELP) Program. The company is committed to adding languages to the available resources in its learning programs, regardless of how remote or active the language may be. CEO Michael Quinlan puts it this way: "We live in an age of global interaction. No language is so small that no one needs to learn it. If we could, we would provide learning programs for all 7,000 languages in the world.
While Transparent Language is a commercial company that needs to earn a profit, we also try our best to give something back to the language community," adds Quinlan. "When an appropriate representative of a language community reaches out to us, we try to work with that person and their organization. The Endangered Languages Project is a natural association for us."
To learn more about the Transparent Language Heritage and Endangered Languages Preservation Program, visit www.transparent.com/about/endangered-languages.html.
To learn more about the Endangered Languages Project, visit www.endangeredlanguages.com.
About Transparent Language, Inc.
At Transparent Language, we leverage our expertise in technology and in the research and practice of language learning and teaching to build unique capabilities for use by US Government agencies and organizations, as well as hundreds of public libraries, thousands of schools, and millions of individuals. We care about all languages, regardless of commercial value. We believe that language technology needs to work for all courses and curricula, not just a few courses. It needs to benefit not only individuals, but entire programs. We believe that great language technology not only changes the user experience; it transforms the economics, logistics, and reliability of language learning.